We’re not sure if more strange things necessarily happen in Lufkin than in other small towns, but the person behind the Lufkin Daily News’s police blotter has a great appreciation for the absurd.
The crime in Lufkin ranges from the very mundane to the very bizarre, and nearly each day the police blotter seems to contain a new gem. We’ve compiled our favorites from August below:
A woman’s fanny pack was stolen off her after she was reportedly attacked by man Tuesday night. The woman told police the man asked her for a cigarette and then threw her to the ground. He then stole her fanny pack and fled. The fanny pack contained more than $700 in bank cards, money orders, and gift cards.
A forklift was reported stolen from a job site overnight Tuesday and used to destroy a metal shed. The forklift was later found abandoned.
A green plastic teddy bear shaped piggy bank was reported stolen in a home burglary.
A woman reported being scammed by someone to whom she sold a Samsung tablet on Craigslist. The person offered the woman $150 more than her asking price, but after shipping it to them in Lagos, Nigeria, she never received payment via PayPal.
A woman told police her decorative bird house was damaged by vandals.
A landlord told police that a tenant, whom the landlord was in the process of evicting, used an electric skillet and a hotplate in an attempt to cause fire damage to the rent house.
A woman was found passed out in front of a bail bonds business and arrested for public intoxication.
Tartar sauce was reportedly put on the door of a vehicle Wednesday.
A woman complained to Lufkin Police that someone poured syrup on her pickup windows overnight Friday.
Five bags of deer corn were reportedly stolen Sunday from Walmart by an unidentified man.
A flower pot was reported stolen overnight Saturday from a home.
A woman told Lufkin Police that someone had stolen her Pomeranian puppy, with brown and white spots, Tuesday.
After falling asleep on the couch Wednesday, a subject awoke to find a wallet missing.
A woman reported having her purse snatched by an unknown man Thursday as she entered a church building.
A car was reported stolen, but later determined to have been picked up by a mechanic the owner had called.
A man reported finding a bottle with narcotics inside it Saturday behind his business.
A man was arrested Sunday morning on a charge of assault/family violence after throwing a candle at his sister’s face, causing her a visible cut.
All of the windows were reportedly broken out of a vacant home Wednesday.
A man was arrested on a charge of public intoxication after wandering into a woman’s back yard and sitting on her porch. He then got up and attempted to get in her father’s vehicle, the report stated. Officers later located the man, finding him with slurred speech. He also did not know where he was.
A lock and lid were reportedly stolen from a grease collection container Thursday.