At 2:30 a.m., officers were called to a theft
report at West Loop Chevron. The store clerk told officers that three
male juveniles distracted him with an alleged bathroom problem and stole
35 vape pens and 6 packages of cigars from behind
the counter valued at $699.
The suspects had already left the scene, but an
arriving officer noticed a possible suspect vehicle at a neighboring
business and attempted to contact the driver.
The driver of the Jeep Cherokee refused to stop and
took off at a high rate of speed on Loop 287. The chase continued onto
Southwood Drive and U.S. 59 south at speeds of more than 100 mph. Diboll
Police Department spiked the vehicle near
The driver then pulled behind the convenience
store. He and his four occupants bailed out and attempted to flee on
foot into a wooded area. Four of the five were caught a short time later
by officers from Lufkin, Diboll, and Angelina County.
The fifth suspect was caught by Diboll Police later in the morning.
A search of the vehicle uncovered the stolen items and a loaded pistol.
Because the suspects are juveniles, they are being
handled by the juvenile justice system. Further information regarding
the case will not be publicly available due to the Texas Family Code
which prohibits the release of information on
crimes committed by juveniles.
City of Lufkin