LPD: Man driving stolen car with drugs inside uses stolen card to buy gas

Michael Swint (Source: Angelina Jail)
Michael Swint (Source: Angelina Jail)

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Lufkin Police officers arrested a 49-year-old man after he allegedly used a debit card issued to Griffith & Associates to purchase $20 worth of gas at a convenience store in the 600 block of North Raguet Street Sunday evening.

Further investigation revealed that he was allegedly driving a blue Dodge Neon that had been reported stolen in Hudson. The arresting officer also found a substance in the car that field-tested positive for cocaine.

Michael Jewel Swint, of Lufkin is still being held in the Angelina County Jail on charges of unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, credit card or debit card abuse, possession of a controlled substance less than one gram, and a capias warrant. Collectively, his bond has been set at $19,714.

"The arrest report does not indicate whether the owner of the vehicle has any connection with Everett Griffith and Associates, or not, but the report does speculate that the credit card was taken from a vehicle other than the stolen Dodge Neon," Detective J.B. Smith, a spokesman for the Lufkin Police Department, said.

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