By Lynda Jones
When officers from the Crockett Police Department were dispatched to Davy Crockett Drug a little after midnight Monday, Dec. 15, they found the front plate glass window and front door were smashed into the building. Security video shows it was not Santa losing control of his sleigh while trying to make an early visit. Instead, it was a vehicle reported stolen from a Lufkin location and allegedly used in a smash and grab burglary there.
The CPD received their dispatch to the pharmacy at approximately 12:11 a.m. in reference to a possible burglary. The store is located in the 100 block of South Fourth St. in downtown Crockett, on the Square.
Officers cleared the building and contacted the owner, who arrived a short time later, according to Sgt. Clayton Smith, public information officer (PIO) for the CPD.
By reviewing the security camera footage, officers were able to identify the type of vehicle that drove into the business and the vehicle's license plate. When dispatchers ran the license plate number through the Texas Crime Information Center/National Crime Information Center (TCIC/NCIC), it came back as stolen out of Lufkin.
Officers also noted the description of a suspect they saw on the security video taking items from the store.
"Detectives contacted Lufkin Police and they advised that the vehicle used in the burglary in Crockett was stolen from Lufkin. Lufkin Police Department also advised that the same vehicle was used in a smash and grab burglary in Lufkin at Beards Fine Jewelry and at Texas Coin," Smith reported. "Lufkin Police advised that the actor fled from police in the stolen vehicle during the early morning hours. After a pursuit, the vehicle was disabled with spike strips by Diboll PD and the actor was captured and arrested after a short foot chase."
The suspect arrested by the Diboll Police Department is identified as Trampus Lee Smith Jr., a 27-year-old white male of Lufkin.
Evidence from the Crockett burglary was recovered from the vehicle that Smith was arrested in, according to Smith's report.
"Video footage from Davy Crockett Drug matches the vehicle that Smith was in and matches Smith himself," Smith alleged. "Detectives were able to positively identify the suspect and his vehicle from the security video footage from Davy Crockett Drug," Smith stated.
Local arrest warrants were issued for Smith charging him with Burglary of a Building (State Jail Felony) and for Criminal Mischief (State Jail Felony). A hold was placed on Smith at the Angelina County Jail for the Crockett charges, Smith stated.