From Deep East Texas Crime Stoppers
Lufkin, TX (News Release) - All crimes have an impact on the community but some are far less serious than others. This week, Crime Stoppers is hoping to identify a suspect in one of those less-serious crimes.
Around 4:00 a.m. on June 05, a man, who likely was intoxicated, caused quite a bit of damage to a Lufkin gas station.
Video from the station shows the suspect arriving in a Ford truck at 3:30 a.m. and attempting to get service at the unoccupied payment kiosk. He gave up after 10 minutes and tried to force his way into the structure, prying and kicking at the metal siding. When that failed, he switched to attacking the fuel pumps, signs, and trashcans.
An hour, and several falls, later, the suspect had made a mess, and his female passenger decided she would try her luck at the still closed kiosk. When she discovered the cash left behind by the suspect, she pocketed it and returned to the truck. Now in the driver's seat, the woman locked the man out of the truck and drove away. The video ends as the truck leaves the gas station with the suspect clinging to the tailgate.
Some will see the video, a condensed and extended version are included, as comical, but crimes were committed and, given the apparent intoxication level of the persons involved, someone could have been injured.
If you can identify the male suspect, call Crime Stoppers at (936) 639-TIPS or click the "Solve This" button below. Crime Stoppers calls and tips are anonymous and the first, most accurate tip that leads to an arrest may be eligible for a reward.
Crime Stoppers pays rewards in cash but only for anonymous tips submitted directly to Crime Stoppers and that concern information not previously provided to or known by law enforcement. Funds for Crime Stoppers rewards come from fees paid by convicted criminals.