Lufkin, TX — Lufkin authorities have a arrested a man who they suspect could be the "Door Kick Burglar."
At around 7 p.m., on Tuesday, officers patrolling the Crown Colony neighborhood were flagged down by a homeowner who saw a suspicious person in her yard on the 4600 block of Champions.
A man fitting the description of the bandit was spotted leaving the Deerwod apartment complex in a car, located in the 100 block of Temple Boulevard. The driver, later identified as Corey Fleming, 41, was stopped and found to be sweating profusely; his shoes and pants were wet as if he had been running through wet grass and shrubbery and was uncooperative, according to Lufkin P.D. Spokesman J.B. Smith.
Fleming was held on traffic charges of no driver’s license and failure to yield right of way from a private drive.
A search warrant at Fleming's house revealed evidence linking him to at least one recent burglary. He was booked into the Angelina County Jail for the crime that took place on September 9 at 311 York. The details of that burglary have not been released.
Flemming has denied involvement in any burglary, but an item found at his home linked him to the crime scene; the item had the victim's name on it. Other items were seized from his residence for further investigation.
The investigation will continue so that any other burglaries committed by Fleming will be properly identified and linked to him.
More than 20 burglaries took place between mid-August and late September at houses located on Oleta Avenue, Hemlock Road, Shermell Street, River Oak Street, Brassell Street, York Drive, April Street, Maplewood Drive, Linkwood Drive, Don Boyd and Tom Temple Boulevard.