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Monday, December 30, 2013 - 10:03am

Lufkin Crime Stoppers are looking for a man who were caught on camera stealing a car in November.

It happened just before midnight on November 30th at the Polk's store on the 1900 block of North Timberland Drive in Lufkin.

Surveillance video shows a woman driving a maroon 2005 Toyota Camry parked outside the store. A man was was a passenger in the car. When the couple went into the store, they left the vehicle unlocked and the key in the ignition.

It took less than two minutes for someone to steal their car.

The camera outside the store caught the crime in action. The thief is a white or hispanic man who was wearing a grey, hooded sweatshirt and dark pants at the time of the crime.

As he approached the vehicle, he pulled the hood of his sweatshirt over his head to hide his face, but police hope that someone viewing the video may be able to identify the man.

Shortly after the vehicle was stolen, police found it abandoned at the intersection of Homewood Drive and Duncan Ave., about half a mile away from the store. The vehicle was returned to the victims, but police are still looking for the thief.

If you can identify the suspect in this case, call Crime Stoppers of Lufkin at (936) 639-TIPS or submit an anonymous tip at www.LufkinCrimeStoppers.com. You never have to give your name and Crime Stoppers may pay a cash reward for information that leads to an arrest related to this crime.

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