LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Three people have been arrested on various theft charges connected to a long list of break-ins of cars and homes in Angelina County over the past week.
Jim Fenley Loop had three homes hit over the last week. For resident Terry Jones, news of the break-ins concerned him.
"I've lived out here 31 years and I have never had a problem," Jones said. "All the sudden I guess it is starting."
Jones said he is one to leave his vehicle unlocked but the rise in crime now has him thinking otherwise.
"We just watch the neighborhood, watch the cars that we don't know," Jones said. "Everybody just watches everybody's stuff around here."
Lufkin Police Spokesperson Jessica Pebsworth said now is the time of year to be on alert.
"With the holidays coming up we cannot stress the importance of locking up your cars," Pebsworth said. "If you are going anywhere for a long time then you want to take anything valuable and leave it out of your car."