Lufkin car theft suspect found hiding under pile of blankets

Lufkin car theft suspect found hiding under pile of blankets

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Lufkin Police officers arrested a 28-year-old woman on an outstanding unauthorized use of an automobile charge on Sunday in connection to a car theft that occurred at the West Loop Chevron convenience store on May 16 after she was found hiding under a pile of blankets a few days later.

Sabrina Williams Dykes, of Lufkin, is still being held in the Angelina County Jail on a state-jail felony unauthorized use of a motor vehicle charge, a Class A misdemeanor theft of property $50 to $500 charge, and a  Class C misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia charge.

According to the arrest affidavit, an LPD officer responded to the West Loop Chevron located at 904 South John Redditt Drive in May 16 to take a stolen vehicle report. The victim told the officer that after he came out of the store, his red 2014 Nissan Versa missing.

A day later, a Lufkin Police corporal received a phone call from the victim's mother. She told the corporal that her son's phone was in the car when it was stolen and that she had gotten a call from a man who told her another man had tried to give him a car for some money he was owed.

The man told the victim's mother that when he went to look at the Versa, he found the phone and realized that he knew the man whose pictures were on the phone.

Later, the man called the victim's mother again and said that he was at the Brookshire Brothers store in Huntington. She, in turn, called the Huntington Police Department.

When the Huntington PD officers spoke to the man, he explained that he had been hanging out at "a known meth house" across from Hall's Grocery on FM 58 when a man told him he could have the car to pay off a debt and that a woman named Sabrina was the person who had stolen it, the affidavit stated.

The car was released to the victim's mother.

On May 18, the same LPD corporal was dispatched to a home in the 300 block of Homer Street in reference to a disturbance. When he got to the scene, a man met him and another officer and said that a woman had gone into his house to smoke K2, and he wanted her removed.

The man led the officers into the home, and pointed to a large pile of blankets on the couch. A pair of legs could be seen sticking out from under the blankets, and a small pile of a "green leafy substance" was visible on a nearby coffee table, the affidavit stated.

After the LPD corporal pulled the blankets off the woman, who was later identified as Dykes, she explained that the storm outside had scared her, so she had come inside seeking shelter.

Realizing that the woman fit the general physical description of the suspect in the car theft, the LPD corporal asked her," What happened with the car the other day?"

Although Dykes said she didn't know what he was talking about at first, she later said that a male acquaintance had dropped her and another woman off at the West Loop Chevron on May 16, the affidavit stated. She told the officer that her friend started trying to get her to steal a car.

When asked if it was a red Nissan Versa, Dykes allegedly nodded yes, and said that in "a moment of weakness," she and the other woman jumped in the car, and they left, heading west on Old Union Road, the affidavit stated.

According to the affidavit, Dykes said she was driving and that after she drove around the area for a while, they dumped the car "over there" but would not give an address or a specific location.

Later, an LPD detective obtained the surveillance camera footage from the West Loop Chevron. When he reviewed the video, a female matching Dykes' physical description could be seen stealing the car, the affidavit stated.

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