ANGELINA COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - Lufkin Texas Crime Stoppers is asking for the public’s help in identifying a man who burglarized a minivan parked at a volunteer fire department in northern Angelina County and tried to steal an all-terrain vehicle on April 26.
You've heard, undoubtedly, about the recent vehicle burglaries and thefts occurring across the Deep East Texas region,” states a bulletin on the Lufkin Crime Stoppers website. “Few of us are immune. Leave your vehicle unlocked, get burglarized. Lock your doors but leave property inside, get burglarized. Lock your doors and remove your belongings, but park in a dark or secluded area, get burglarized.”
The Crime Stoppers bulletin includes video of the burglary that occurred at a North Angelina County volunteer fire department on U.S. Highway 59 in the early morning hours of April 26. The video shows a man bashing the window of a minivan and stealing several items from inside.
According to the bulletin, the suspect also entered a building and tried to steal an ATV.
“He didn’t get the ATV but damaged it and other fire department equipment in the process,” the bulletin states.
The man came to and left the property on foot.
Three factors are involved in every crime, according to the Crime Stoppers bulletin - victim or target), offender, and opportunity. Removing any of the three could prevent the crime.
“When considering vehicle burglaries and thefts, the victim/target and opportunity are in the control of the victim,” the bulletin states. “Lock your doors, close your windows, and remove all belongings.”
“Tips and calls directly to Crime Stoppers are anonymous and a reward is available for the first, most accurate anonymous tip that helps solve this crime,” the bulletin states. “The entire process, from tip to reward, is handled without identifying the tipster.”