Lufkin Police said Sunday that it appears as if the “Door Kick Burglar” may have hit again Saturday night. While Lufkin residents are on high alert, police continue to be plagued with at least 20 unsolved home burglaries in the past several weeks. The burglaries appear to follow the same pattern since entry to the houses was by kicking in the back door.
Lufkin Police reports Sunday showed four burglaries and one attempted burglary Friday and Saturday night on or around Oleta Street between 9 and 10 p.m. According to Sgt. Scott Cagnon of the Lufkin Police Department, the incidents could be related to the other unsolved burglaries.
“The description fits,” he said. “We are certainly looking at it right now and considering whether these could be related to the other Door Kick Burglary cases that we recently had.”
In the 900 block of Oleta at 9:02 p.m. Saturday, officers responded to theft of property, but the property was stolen from inside an open garage.
At 9:27 p.m., officers responded to the 800 block of Oleta and discovered that the telephone lines had been cut and entrance to the house had been gained by kicking open the back door.
At 9:51 p.m., police responded to the 800 block of Oleta when a neighbor called reporting a burglary next door, and at 9:50 p.m., officers responded to the 800 block of Oleta for an attempted burglary.
Similarly, sometime between Friday and Saturday night, officers responded to the 1300 block of Epley Street to find the back door kicked in on a vacant house.
Lufkin Police advise residents to stay alert since as of Sunday night, there had been no arrest of the “Door Kick Burglar.” According to previous reports in The Lufkin News, all of the similar break-ins within the city in the last month could have been committed by the “Door Kick Burglar” since all were similar. Police Lt. David Young said in an earlier statement that law enforcement is working hard to solve the break-ins.
“All engines are full-speed on this,” he said. “We would like to catch this guy before he harms someone or before a homeowner is faced with shooting him. Under the Castle Doctrine, you have a right to use deadly force.” Lt. Young said a weapon was stolen in one of the previous break-ins.
Police continue to advise residents to make sure outside lights are working around their home, keep bushes and shrubs trimmed to limit hiding places, know your neighbors and keep a burglar alarm set, even when at home. Report any suspicious activity or behavior by contacting Lufkin Police at 633-0356, or call 911 in the case of an emergency.
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