ANGELINA COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - Investigators with the Angelina County Sheriff's Office are asking for the public's help in finding a suspect in several burglaries that have occurred recently in the area of FM 326.
According to a post on Angelina County Sheriff Greg Sanches' Facebook page, ACSO deputies were dispatched out to the area of FM 326 in reference to several burglaries that occurred in that part of the county.
"One of the victims encountered one of the suspects and obtained a license plate for his vehicle," the Facebook post stated. "Through the combined efforts of ACSO, LPD, DPS, and the constables of Precincts 1 and 4, the vehicle was found, and the driver was identified as Willie Bernard Jefferson."
Jefferson, an 18-year-old Lufkin man with ties to Houston, was not present when the vehicle was located.
Further investigation revealed that the vehicle had been stolen out of Houston on Nov. 21, the Facebook post stated. After a search warrant was obtained, several pieces of stolen property were located inside the vehicle, the Facebook post stated.
Jefferson currently has an outstanding arrest warrant for burglary of a habitation, which is a second-degree felony.
"Jefferson is suspected in numerous other open burglary investigations which are ongoing at this time," the Facebook post stated. "Common items stolen in the burglaries are electronics and firearms."
Sanches said Jefferson should be considered armed and dangerous.
"Anytime anybody is breaking into somebody's home or stealing things from people's property they are a threat," Sanches said. "Especially when you are in the rual areas where you enter into a home like that, it could always go bad."
Witnesses in the Lufkin area last saw Jefferson getting into a maroon, four-door car described as possibly being a Chevrolet Impala.
Anyone with any information about Jefferson's whereabouts should call the Angelina County Sheriff's Office at (936) 634-3331.
"He needs to call and turn himself in and let us get all of this taken care of," Sanches said, "Running is not the way to do it because he is always going to be looking behind his shoulder."