Crime Stoppers Crime of the Week: Heavy equipment thefts

Crime Stoppers Crime of the Week: Heavy equipment thefts

From Deep East Texas Crime Stoppers

ANGELINA COUNTY, TEXAS (News Release) - Angelina County Sheriff's Office Investigators are investigating the thefts of construction equipment.

On June 12, a Caterpillar mini excavator was stolen from Highway 103 West, approximately nine miles outside of Lufkin.

On July 18, a John Deere bulldozer was reported stolen from the side of Highway 69 South, just south of the Huntington city limits sign. When stolen, the 1998 John Deere 450G crawler dozer was yellow and black and marked with serial number T450GF849927.

The images included here are of the same makes and models as the stolen equipment but are not of the actual stolen bulldozer or excavator.

U.S. Forest Service personnel recovered the Caterpillar mini excavator; it had been abandoned in Houston County. An arrest was not made at the time of recovery and the investigation remains open. The investigators do not know whether the thefts are connected or not, and they are seeking any information concerning the crimes. If you saw someone or a vehicle around the equipment, submit an anonymous tip; the smallest detail might be what helps solve these crimes.

If you can identify the person, or persons, responsible for these crimes or know the location of the stolen dozer, call Deep East Texas Crime Stoppers at (936) 639-TIPS, submit a tip online at, or download the P3 Tips app from iTunes of Google Play. 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