LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Deputies with the Angelina County Sheriff's Office arrested a 35-year-old man in connection to allegations that he stole a $7,000 racing-style Bianchi bicycle from the parking lot of a Lufkin in September of 2016.
The crime was captured on surveillance video, and it was featured on Deep East Texas Crime Stoppers.
Jeremy Dewayne Yates, of Lufkin, is still being held in the Angelina County jail on a state-jail theft between $2,500 and $30,000 charge, a Class A misdemeanor failure to appear charge in connection to interfering with an emergency call, a Class A misdemeanor bail jumping and failure to appear charge, a Class C misdemeanor assault-family violence charge, and two misdemeanor traffic charges.
According to the arrest affidavit, the theft occurred on Sept. 26, 2016. The complainant told a Lufkin Police Department officer that his Bianchi 928c racing bicycle was on a rack on the back of his 2011 Jeep Wrangler, which was parked at the Sound Techs business located at 1611 South First Street when it was stolen.
Later, a Lufkin PD detective was assigned to the case, and he spoke with the complainant. The Lufkin PD detective also got a copy of a surveillance video that showed the two suspects in the Sound Techs parking lot.
After the video was posted on Deep East Texas Crime Stoppers, authorities received a tip. The tipster stated that Yates was the person that was seen riding the bike away, the affidavit stated. The tipster also identified the other man seen with Yates in the video.
Further investigation revealed that Yates took the bicycle to a house near McDonald's and traded it for drugs, the affidavit stated.
"Two men walked through the Sound Techs parking lot in Lufkin and saw a bicycle on the back of a Jeep," the Deep East Texas Crime Stoppers press release stated. "Initially, they walked away, but a moment later one of them, the one wearing a blood donor's T-shirt, went back for the bike. He quickly disconnected it from the Jeep's carrier and rode southbound along South First Street to meet his friend."
When police rewound the video to a few minutes before the theft occurred, they noticed an 80s model blue Dodge truck with a camper shell driving through the parking lot, the press release stated. The video shows the truck pausing near the pickup and driving away.