LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Lufkin police are currently investigating a residential burglary that occurred at a deceased woman's home.
According to the police report, officers were called out to the home in the 600 block of Culverhouse where they spoke to the homeowner's sister. The report stated Josephine Hughes told officers that the home had been vacant for more than a year and it belonged to her sister Julie who had died in 2013.
"I felt really discouraged and disheartened," Hughes said. "My sister and I were like twins. We were very close."
Hughes said she was contacted by a neighbor across the street about an unknown amount of people in the house. Hughes stated that the neighbor yelled at the people in the house and asked if they were tearing it down.
"Most of the windows are out," Hughes said. "The doors are out. They have demolished a lot of things in here."
A refrigerator and a gas cooking stove were reported stolen as well as copper wiring. Hughes said her sister lived in the home for about five years but owned the home for longer. It was a rental property of her sister who founded Hughes cab service. Hughes also said her sister was the former president of the community development Corporation and worked along side activist Betty Kennedy in helping the community.
"She did things for everyone," Hughes said. "She helped anybody she could help. She would let people stay here for free. She supported a lot of the organizations here. She would have probably helped the people that stole from her."
The family was in the process of renovating the home after Julie passed away. Hughes said they believe the people that stole the stuff took it to be scrapped and said she was told by a neighbor that there was a green truck parked out front.