Crime Stoppers Crime of the Week: Stolen and abandoned

Crime Stoppers Crime of the Week: Stolen and abandoned

From Deep East Texas Crime Stoppers

LUFKIN, TEXAS (News Release) - Living in a gated community can provide a sense of security and might cause you to let down your guard. The truth is, criminals are clever and understand that even the highest security measure has a weak link, usually the human element, and they will exploit it.

September 11, a thief proved, once again, that living in a gated apartment complex does not remove the need to properly secure your belongings.  The apartment complex on Daniel McCall Drive in Lufkin has good security cameras, proper security fencing, and working security gates but the thief was not deterred.

Video from the complex shows a white, possibly Hispanic, male driving a gold Ford F-250 or F-350 truck to one of the gates at the complex. He attempted to force open an emergency box to get through the locked gate. When that failed, he simply moved his vehicle out of the way, waited for another vehicle to open the gate, and followed them in. He made one pass around the parking area and left but returned a few minutes later and followed another vehicle through the gate. When he left again he was towing a travel trailer that belonged to a resident of the complex.

The travel trailer was found two days later on Lucky Street in North Houston but the thief has not been identified and Crime Stoppers wants to pay a reward for an anonymous tip that leads to his arrest.  Watch video of the thief and his truck at

If you can identify this thief, submit an anonymous tip at or by calling (936) 639-TIPS. Calls and tips directly to Crime Stoppers are anonymous and the first, most accurate tip that leads to an arrest might be eligible for a reward.