LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Officers with the Lufkin Police Department arrested a 24-year-old Elkhart man Thursday in connection that he stole a Louis Vuitton purse a woman had left in a Lufkin doctor's office.
The estimated total value of the purse and its contents was $3,477, according to the arrest affidavit.
Jeremy Glenn Canaday is still being held in the Angelina County Jail on a state-jail felony theft between $1,500 and $20,000 charge. No bail amount has been set yet.
According to arrest affidavit, a Lufkin PD officer went to speak to woman about a theft that occurred when she was at the Dermatology of East Texas clinic at 107 Christie on Dec. 21, 2016. The woman told the officer that while she was there for a doctor's visit, she accidentally left her Louis Vuitton purse in the waiting room.
When the woman discovered that she had left her purse, she went back to get it. However, it was gone by the time she got there.
Staff at the doctor's office told her that a young man had come into the waiting room and asked if anyone had turned in a purse, the affidavit stated. The young man also allegedly said his mother had left her purse.
Another person in the waiting room pointed to the purse, and the man, who was later identified as Canaday, picked the purse up and left, the affidavit stated. The Lufkin PD officer asked if anyone knew the man, and no one did.
Staff at the clinic told the LPD officer that the man may have been there with a woman from Elkhart because he was in the waiting room at the time, and all the other women had their own purses.
After the case was turned over to a Lufkin PD detective, he remembered that he had worked on a civil case that involved the Elkhart woman. He went to the woman's Facebook page and found pictures of Canaday. Staff members at the clinic identified the man in the pictures as the man who took the purse.
The LPD detective contacted the Elkhart woman and asked her about what happened. According to the affidavit, she said that Canaday gave her a ride to the clinic that day. She told the LPD detective that she didn't know anything about the purse.
Later, the LPD detective obtained Canaday's cell phone number and called him up, the affidavit stated. Canaday allegedly admitted seeing the purse when he went into the clinic to use the restroom. He also admitted to walking back in a short time later and taking the purse, the affidavit stated.
According to the affidavit, Canaday told the detective that he kept the makeup bag, but burned the other contents of the purse.
The alleged victim said that the purse contained a Louis Vuitton wallet, a Louis Vuitton cosmetic bag, $302 in cash, makeup, and headphones.