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Lufkin Police: Panty burglar strikes again

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Posted: Wednesday, April 9, 2014 2:35 pm | Updated: 2:40 pm, Fri Jan 23, 2015.

A thief with a fetish for women’s panties struck just inside the Lufkin city limits sometime Tuesday.

The incident marks at least the 17th burglary in the area in which women’s and girls’ underwear has been taken. Twelve of the cases are clustered the area of Farm Road 58 in Beulah to Burke near the Angelina County Airport. Four other cases have occurred inside the Diboll city limits, according to previous reports. Tuesday's case was the first since December.

The burglaries have occurred over the past couple years and remain unsolved. The case has law enforcement frustrated and warning residents to remain on alert.

Lufkin Police are handling the Tuesday burglary that they say almost was not reported at all. The residents decided to call police early Wednesday to report the break-in.

“The homeowners said someone entered the residence sometime Tuesday through an unlocked door,” said Sgt. David Casper, police spokesperson. “The husband at that point decided to teach his wife how to use their handgun. When he went to get it, he couldn’t find it and decided it had also been taken, which prompted him to call police.”

Casper said the gun was located later, but the couple reported the burglary and told police that all of the woman’s panties had been taken, both clean and dirty.

The home is close to the Lufkin city limits and has a Chestnut Street address, Casper said.

“Everyone should keep their eyes open,” Casper said. “At this point, we don’t know much more than that.”

Angelina County Sheriff Greg Sanches said the case is particularly frustrating for law enforcement and is one his officers are actively working, since many of the burglaries occurred outside the city limits.

“This particular case will actually be worked by the city, but we will help if they request it,” Sanches said. “We had guys at the scene this morning looking it over and trying to determine things it could have in common with the other burglaries.”

Anyone with any information about the burglary or past burglaries can contact CrimeStoppers at (936) 639-TIPS, the Lufkin Police Department at (936) 633-0356 or the Angelina County Sheriff’s Department at (936) 639-8733.

Rhonda Oaks’ email address is roaks@lufkindailynews.com.