LUFKIN, TX (News Release) - Just before 8 a.m. on September 17, employees of Citi Trends in Lufkin found the front doors to the store damaged. After hiring a locksmith to help them enter the building, they reviewed videos captured by security cameras and learned that minutes before they arrived at work someone had attempted to pry open the doors.
Online at www.DETCS.tips and Facebook.com/DETCS you can view portions of the video. It shows a white, four-door car, possibly a late model Ford Taurus, stop in front of the store at approximately 7:45 a.m. Two people exit the passenger side of the car and use tools in an attempt to pry open the doors. The burglars wore white tennis shoes, dark-colored clothes, and covered their heads and faces. One of the criminals carried a red backpack.
The doors and locks held up to the attack and the burglars returned to the car, which was driven by an unseen third person. Although the criminals were thwarted in Lufkin, the store's employees reported that Citi Trends stores in Nacogdoches and Marshall were burglarized the previous night and the employees were told the actors and the vehicles in those crimes matched those of the Lufkin case.