(UPDATED March 2, 2015 at 2:23 pm CT)
Burglars have targeted the FedEx Distribution Center in Tyler twice over the past two months, getting away with a sizable amount of property in at least one of the burglaries.
But the burglaries in Tyler are just part of several such burglaries at FedEx centers across the state in the past few months.
Tyler Police Public Information Officer Don Martin said the latest burglary occurred Sunday about 12:30 a.m. when the thieves cut an opening in the chain link fence surrounding the FedEx grounds at 3471 Pointe North Dr., just outside Loop 323 near U.S. Highway 69 north.
Martin said it appeared the group had a lookout to tell them when police began closing in on the area.
"Before officers could arrive, the thieves were already running through the woods and were able to get away," he said.
Martin said detectives working the case have indicated nothing was taken Sunday, but in an earlier burglary at the same location between Dec. 31 and Jan. 2., burglars made off with a sizable amount of electronic equipment.
"FedEx Freight is cooperating with local officials as they investigate the incident. We take this matter very seriously and in cases of stolen freight, we work closely with authorities to recover as much as possible and to communicate with our customers as appropriate," FedEx spokeswoman Heather Hunter said in an e-mailed statement.
Martin said Tyler detectives are working in connection with detectives from police departments in both Austin and Dallas, where similar burglaries have occurred.
"We don't know for sure, but there's a good chance the two here are connected and could be connected with the burglaries across the state," he said.
If you have any information about the burglaries, you are asked to contact Tyler Police at 903-531-1000 or the Tyler/Smith County Crimestoppers at 903-597-2833.