Lufkin Police are reporting that a professional angler who is in the area for a fishing tournament had an estimated $15,000 worth of fishing equipment stolen from his truck on Labor Day Monday.

His wife noticed the equipment missing after she stopped at several Lufkin-area stores. She believes the theft occurred at either Walmart or Academy because she parked at the back of the parking lot at both locations. The fishing gear was taken from the couple’s 2004, blue Chevy ¾ ton pickup with a matching camper on the back.

Lufkin Police are working with management at both stores to retrieve parking lot video which will hopefully identify the suspect or suspects.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Department at 936-633-0356 or Crime Stoppers at 936-639-TIPS.

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