UPDATED: Crime Stoppers Crime of the Week: 'Tis the season to steal

UPDATED: Crime Stoppers Crime of the Week: 'Tis the season to steal

Editor's Note: Within 24 hours of when East Texas News posted this Deep East Texas Crime Stoppers press release on ktre.com and its social media pages Monday morning, tipsters helped authorities identify the suspect in this theft case. Tipsters no longer need to call the Crime Stoppers hot line with information about this individual.

From Deep East Texas Crime Stoppers

LUFKIN, TEXAS (News Release) - The Family Crisis Center of East Texas operates a thrift store in Lufkin, through which they sell donated items to generate the funds needed to fulfill their mission of keeping families safe and free from abuse. The store depends on donated merchandise and the Family Crisis Center depends on the store's revenue, so thefts from the store impact many people.

The crime described here is not the only theft from the Thrift Store. It is, however, atheft for which investigators have good quality video and one from which an anonymous tipster might earn a Crime Stoppers reward for identifying the suspect. The image included here shows the female suspect just before she put on a pair of boots and walked out of the store wearing them.

Video, posted at facebook.com/DETCS, shows the suspect wearing tennis shoes when she arrived and leaving wearing a pair of Corral Vintage brand boots. The Size-6 boots are black in color with pink designs on the shaft. Before walking out with the boots, the suspect placed her tennis shoes in the shopping cart pushed by her companion. It is not known if the other woman was aware of the theft, but employees said that neither the suspect nor her shopping companion paid for the boots.

If you can identify the suspect, call Crime Stoppers at (936) 639-TIPS or submit a tip at 639TIPS.com. 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.