Lufkin Police are hoping the public can help provide leads in a costly act of vandalism that occurred overnight Monday.

According to a media report, someone, or possibly several persons, broke into a building owned by Consolidated Communications in the 400 block of Angelina Street and caused thousands of dollars worth of damage. The suspect or suspects knocked over shelves, pulled cabinets off the walls, sprayed cleaner onto the keyboards of laptops to ruin them, spray painted "NFL" with the N backward and "I was here" on a wall. The culprit(s) also stopped up a bathroom sink and left hot water running which spilled over onto the floor.

(pictures of damage are shown below)

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It appears this act of vandalism was done for pure meanness as nothing was found to be missing. If you have information on this incident, contact the Department at 936-633-0356 or Crime Stoppers at 936-639-TIPS.  Callers may remain anonymous.

In a separate incident, Lufkin Police arrested Dustin Tarver, 39, after a woman saw him allegedly breaking into her neighbor's vehicle at an apartment complex near the 1800 block of Denman Avenue. According to the report, he grabbed items from inside the vehicle and fled on foot when she confronted him and told him she was calling police.

Contributed Photo/LPD
Contributed Photo/LPD

Tarver ran into an abandoned home next to the apartment complex. That is where officers found him and took him into custody without incident. Police recovered the items he had stolen from the vehicle which included a hoodie, earbuds, Bod body spray and Swisher Sweet cigarettes.

Tarver was charged with burglary of a vehicle.

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