VIDEO: Deep East Texas Crime Stoppers posts video of failed car wash burglary

Failed car wash burglary

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Deep East Texas Crime Stoppers is asking for the public’s help in identifying three suspects who did $10,000 worth of damage in a failed effort to steal money from machines at a car wash in Huntington.

“Thankfully, the brightest among us seldom turn to crime,” the post on the Deep East Texas Crime Stoppers website stated. ‘More often, those committing crimes seem to lack a proper understanding of the planning process, cause and effect, and consequences.”

According to the post, the attempted burglary occurred in the early morning hours of Jan. 8.

The three suspects arrived at the Huntington car wash at about 1:45 a.m. After they spent more than an hour trying to open a vacuum cleaner and other machines, they left without the “hoped-for loot.” At about 4 a.m., the trio returned and wasted another hour trying to open the vacuum cleaner.

“In the end, the criminals succeeded in removing the vacuum from its mount but never managed to open the coin box,” the post stated.

The Crime Stoppers post pointed out that if the suspects had spent that amount of time at actual jobs, even at minimum wage, they would have earned more money than the machines contained.

“Instead, their burglary caused nearly $10,000 in damage,” the Crime Stoppers post stated.

Surveillance video shows the three suspects pulling into the car wash in a 1998 to 2000 Ford Explorer. In the video, one suspect, a thin, shaggy-haired man, walks right up to and looks at a security camera.

“The video is black and white but someone should easily recognize the criminals and, if they act quickly, might earn a cash reward,” the post stated.

If you are able to help identify the suspects, click the Solve This button on the Crime Stoppers website. Tipsters may also download the Deep East Texas Crime Stoppers app or call (936) 639-TIPS.

“Tips and calls directly to Crime Stoppers are anonymous and an anonymous tip that leads to an arrest might be eligible for a reward,” the post stated. “Only the first, most accurate anonymous tip that leads to an arrest is eligible for a reward.”

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