LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - The Lufkin Police Department is investigating a rash of vehicle burglaries that occurred in the area including Southwood Drive, Pershing Avenue, Lafayette Street, Parkview Circle, and South First Street between Monday and Tuesday.
Jessica Pebsworth, a spokeswoman for the Lufkin Police Department, said all of the vehicle burglaries had one thing in common. All of the vehicles were unlocked, she said.
"We should be able to leave our vehicles unlocked and expect to find them untouched the next morning, but unfortunately, that is not the world in which we live," Pebsworth said. "We can't stress this enough. Lock your vehicle doors, or park your vehicle inside. Don't give thieves any opportunity to make you a victim."
According to the Lufkin Police Department, the suspect in the cause is believed to be a thin, white man who is about 6 feet tall. Witnesses described him as having "shaggy" blondish/brownish hair. At the time of the burglaries, he was wearing a "puffy" black or blue jacket and blue jeans.
One witness reported seeing a man sitting inside her cousin's vehicle, which was parked at a residence in the 100 block of Parkview Circle at about 6 a.m. Tuesday. The vehicle appeared to have been rummaged through, nothing was missing the report stated.
Also on Tuesday morning, a man reported that a T-shirt had been stole from his unlocked vehicle in the 700 block of Southwood Drive. He told police that he caught a man rummaging through his vehicle and asked him, "What the [expletive] are you doing?" The report said the suspect ran away at that point.
The other vehicle burglaries listed on the police report include:
- 100 Parkview Circle: A woman reported that two tablets were stolen from her unlocked vehicle.
- 700 Pershing Avenue: A man reported that someone entered his two unlocked vehicles and took an owner’s manual and a company gas card from one of them.
- 100 Parkview Circle: A woman reported her work lanyard and keys from her vehicle.
The LPD activity report also stated that three vehicles parked at the Marriott Hotel located at 300 South First Street were broken into at about 7:20 a.m. Tuesday, and a check was stolen from one of them. Nothing was taken from the other two vehicles.
Pebsworth said although it is possible, police do not think the vehicle break-ins at the Marriott are related to the others because of the difference method used in those burglaries. Windows were busted out on the three cars, causing $200 to $300 worth of damage to each vehicle.
If you see someone matching the suspect description or someone exhibiting suspicious behavior in your neighborhood, call us at (936) 633-0356.