On Labor Day Monday, a professional angler who was in the area to compete at a fishing tournament at Lake Sam Rayburn had approximately $15,000 worth of fishing equipment stolen from his truck.  The theft occurred in the Walmart parking lot in Lufkin.

A detective has recovered surveillance video which shows the theft in progress as well as the man believed responsible for the heist.

The theft occurred around 8:30 a.m. Sept. 7, in the Walmart parking lot.

The video shows the suspect arrive in an older, white, police-style Tahoe. Unfortunately, the video is not sharp enough for Lufkin Police to be able to read the license plate.

The suspect, who appears to be a white or Hispanic male wearing a baseball cap, pandemic mask, blue shirt and shorts, is only inside the store for a few moments before he exits and moves his vehicle beside the fisherman’s pickup.

Screen capture from Lufkin PD video

If you carefully watch the surveillance video, you can see a flash of the camper being raised and lowered multiple times as the suspect moves several plastic totes of fishing gear into his SUV.

If you can identify this man, please contact Lufkin Police at 936-633-0356 or Crime Stoppers at 936-639-TIPS.

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