Lufkin Police Report - 04/05/07

THEFT C: 1900 Block of W. Frank.  An employee was seen taking $40 cash from the business.  The employee left for the day before police were called.  Charges pending.

CRIMINAL MISCHIEF: 1100 Block of Kiln.  The door to a residence was forced open sometime Wednesday evening causing damage to the door jamb.  Nothing was reported missing from the residence.

THEFT C:  800 Block of N. Timberland.  A female customer left a convenience store without paying for merchandise concealed in her clothing Wednesday evening.

FELONY THEFT:  1800 Block of W. Frank St.  A man was swindled out of $20,000 in a "pigeon drop" scam.  The victim was approached by a man asking for a ride at a grocery store.  They met another man at a nearby pharmacy and the two suspects ultimately stole $20,000 from the victim after convincing him that one of the suspects would give the victim some money if the victim proved that he had already had some cash as an act of trust between the men.

THEFT:  2300 Block of Northwood.  A woman reported that her estranged husband took her copies of the divorce paperwork and several of her personal items while she was away from home.

DOMESTIC DISTURBANCE:  400 Block of Bynum.  A disturbance escalated when a woman's car was punched and damaged by a cousin.  When the car was damaged, the disturbance escalated and three men, including a cousin to the victim, who had come to the house to fight another man allegedly pulled out brass knuckles, a knife and a gun before leaving.  No one was injured and the case was referred to detectives.

BURGLARY OF A VEHICLE:  4200 Block of S. Medford Dr.  A stereo, cell phone and two CD's were stolen from an unsecured vehicle Wednesday afternoon.

THEFT A:  100 Block of South End Bl.  A man reported several hundred dollars cash missing from his home.  The man named a family member who had been over with some friends and the victim thinks one of them may have taken the money.

CREDIT CARD ABUSE:  3100 Block of First St.  A business reported that their tax ID number and business name was used to open three different credit card accounts at an office supply store.  The three accounts were quickly charged to the maximum.  No suspects.

FRAUD:  2800 Blockof S. Chestnut Dr.  A woman reported that someone used her debit card information without her consent to purchase an online service.