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Authorities seeking help finding suspects in string of burglaries in 3 East Texas counties

Source: Nacogdoches County Sheriff's Office Source: Nacogdoches County Sheriff's Office
Source: KTRE Staff Source: KTRE Staff
Source: KTRE Staff Source: KTRE Staff

Area law enforcement agencies are seeking the public’s help in identifying a pickup that was used in connection to a string of burglaries that occurred in Angelina, Cherokee, and Nacogdoches counties.

According to a press release from the Nacogdoches County Sheriff’s Office, the burglaries all occurred in the early morning hours between 1 a.m. and 3 a.m. on Feb. 18. Authorities believe the burglaries first started in the Cushing area at Beckham Hardware and the Fresh Donut store.

Then the suspects went to the Douglass Café by traveling on FM 225. One man allegedly smashed the restaurant’s glass front glass front door and stole the cash register, which contained $3.51 in change.

After the break-in at the Douglass Café, the suspects went to Wells and tried to break into a Polk’s Pick It Up store. Surveillance video shows the suspects’ vehicle, a maroon Toyota Tundra, drive up to the front door.

In the video, a male suspect gets out of the passenger side and attempts to break the glass in the store’s front door, the press release stated. After several tries, the man got back into the pickup, and it left the business.

According to the press release, the suspects then traveled to Angelina County and burglarized the Kountry Store, which is located on US Highway 69, shortly after 2 a.m. on Feb. 18.

Angelina County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to the alarm call at the store and found that the suspects had shattered the front glass door. When they got to the scene, the ACSO deputies found the cash register that the suspects had attempted to steal on the floor.

Video surveillance cameras at the store captured a good image of the pickup, which is believed to be a maroon 2001 to 2003 Toyota Tundra pickup that may have had paper tags. The press release said the same truck could also be seen in surveillance footage from three of the other businesses that were burglarized.

It is believed that one of the suspects who entered into a store was probably a white male approximately 5-foot-9 to 6 feet tall wearing a mask and gloves.

In each of the burglaries, the suspects made entry into the business by braking a window or glass door. The suspects took two cash registers and a cash drawer from the businesses. They were later recovered after they were found on thrown on the side of the road.

Anyone with information on these crimes or the suspect vehicle is asked to call their law enforcement agency or Crime Stoppers.

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