LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Thanks to multiple tips to Deep East Texas Crime Stoppers, deputies with the Angelina County Sheriff have arrested the two men who allegedly worked together to steal merchandise from Lufkin's Academy Sports store in early August.
"[On] September 26, Crime Stoppers asked you to identify two thieves and many of you came through," a post on the Deep East Texas Crime Stoppers Facebook page stated. "Although plenty of the anonymously submitted tips named the wrong people, several correctly identified the thieves as Anthony Steven Rice and Corey Michael Wayne Boyd."
Rice and Boyd are both still being held in the Angelina County Jail.
Rice, 28, of Lufkin, was booked into the jail on a state-jail felony theft of service between $1,500 and $20,000 charge, a felony parole violation charge, a Class A misdemeanor possession of a dangerous drug charge, a Class B misdemeanor possession of marijuana charge, a Class C possession of drug paraphernalia charge, and a Class C misdemeanor failure to maintain financial responsibility charge. Collectively, his bail amount has been set at $7,219.
Boyd, 24, of Lufkin, was booked into the jail on a felony parole violation charge, a Class C misdemeanor theft charge, two misdemeanor traffic charges – running a stop sign and no driver's license. Collectively, his bail amount has been set at $1,500.
The post on the Deep East Texas Crime Stoppers Facebook page stated that the investigating Lufkin Police Department detective verified the suspects' identities and obtained arrest warrants for them. The post stated that Rice's theft charge was upgraded to a state-jail felony theft charge because he has prior theft convictions.
"If you submitted an anonymous tip that identified Anthony Rice and Corey Michael Boyd, follow the tip follow up instructions you received, visit www.639TIPS.com and click the 'Tip Follow Up' button, or use the P3 Tips app for iOS or Android," the Facebook post stated.
Deep East Texas Crime Stoppers posted a press release about the alleged theft at Academy on Sept. 26.
"Mr. Freud might tell us that criminals, in committing crimes while knowing they're being recorded, must want to be caught," the Deep East Texas Crime Stoppers press release stated. "So, maybe you can help what most certainly are a rocket scientist and a brain surgeon in fulfilling their wish of being arrested."
Surveillance video from the store shows a man in a red shirt serving as a look out as a man in a black shirt stuffed merchandise in his pants.
"The two then went to the restroom, presumably to discard the packaging and theft alarm sensors, before heading back to their vehicle," the press release stated. "Red shirt left first and was waiting in the truck when black shirt strolled through the doors and tripped the alarm."
An employee yelled at them to stop, but the man in the black shirt jumped in the back of a dark-colored 2003 to 2006 GMC Sierra extended cab pickup driven by the man in the red shirt as he sped away from the store.