updated 9:22 PM UTC, Jul 8, 2020

Walmart theft suspect caught after auto chase

by Emily Waldrep

On February 14 of this year, an unknown person entered the Woodville Wal-Mart, stole $400 worth of sporting goods and assaulted a Wal-mart employee, turning the burglary into a felony robbery charge. Officers were able to get his description, but couldn't locate the man.

According to Mike McCulley of the Woodville Police Department, the individual responsible for the crime has been arrested after a 75-mile car chase from the Jasper Wal-Mart to Anahuac, Texas.

McCulley says that Jasper Police were dispatched to the Jasper Wal-mart at about 3:30 p.m. May 2. An asset protection employee at the store let the Officers know that an a person was removing sporting good items from the packages and hiding them in his pants. Asset Protection attempted to make contact with him as he exited the store, but he got into a vehicle and sped away. The vehicle was pursued by Jasper Police Department, beginning on Highway 63 toward Zavalla from Jasper. Several units were involved in the pursuit.

The vehicle disregarded the intersections of Hwy 63 and FM 777 and Hwy 63 and FM 255 and then sped past a school bus that was in the process of dropping off children, traveling in speeds over 100 miles per hour.

When the vehicle arrived it Zavalla, the driver turned on FM 147 North and crossed lake Sam Rayburn. The pursuit continued across the lake, through Broaddus and into San Augustine county, where he was apprehended after a short foot chase.

The pursuit spanned Jasper, Angelina and San Augustine counties and included assistance from several agencies including Jasper Police Department, Zavalla Police Department, Angelina County Constable's office, US Forest Service, San Augustine County Sheriff's Department, and DPS.

One thousand dollars worth of sporting good items, including fishing reels, were found in the vehicle.

The driver was identified as Vaughn Paul Logino, age 53 of Broaddus.

He was charged with Evading Arrest or Detention with a Motor Vehicle, a third degree felony, Reckless Driving, and he also had two prior theft convictions, so he was charged with felony theft.

Additional charges within other counties are pending.

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