Lufkin Police report unusual burglaries, thefts on Thursday

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - By Jeff Awtrey - email

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - A pigeon drop, stolen basketball goal and stolen military flag were among some of the unusual cases Lufkin Police were investigating Thursday.

On the 1000 block of Idylwood Drive, a woman reported a military flag and flagpole were stolen from her home. According to the report, it was her son's unit flag, which hung from the exterior wall of the home.

On the 1800 block of Sayers Drive, a woman reported she heard a noise at her neighboring sister's apartment, around 5:30 a.m. When she checked on the apartment, she saw a short balck man jump from the window and flee on foot. The suspect left behind a backpack with some of her sister's jewelry and other items inside. The report also states the suspect "ran out of his shoes" while fleeing. Police collected the shoes as evidence.

In most "pigeon drop" schemes, two suspects are involved. But in the case filed Thursday, a man said it just took one suspect to rob him of $1,500. According to the report, the victim picked up a stranger who pulled out a large wad of cash and said he was from Africa.

"He didn't even make a promise," Lt. David Young said. "He just came in here and said the man asked for his help and next thing he knew he had lost $1,500."

On the 900 block of Rowe Avenue, a woman said she caught a man she knew trying to steal a basketball goal from her house before daylight. The woman ran him off, but a couple hours later she went outside and saw it was gone.

Young said the report did not state what kind of goal it was, but thought it was a rollaway basketball goal, since he was able to steal it so easily.

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