KATY/WEST HARRIS COUNTY (Covering Katy News) – Constable Ted Heap is asking for your help identifying a roaming pack of car burglars who struck multiple neighborhoods in Katy and Cypress in the early morning hours of Friday, January 31.
At approximately 4 a.m., the group of six suspects, believed to be 15-22 years old, make their way through the West Memorial neighborhood in Katy. They are seen on home security cameras running through the streets, checking for unlocked car doors, and stealing valuables from inside multiple vehicles.
Earlier that morning, members of what appears to be the same group struck the Cypress Creek Lakes neighborhood in Cypress, burglarizing multiple vehicles on Morning Cypress Lane and Bentgrove Lane.
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If you recognize these suspects or have any information that might help with the investigation of these burglaries, Constable Heap asks you to call Investigator R. Valdez at 281-463-6666 or let us know through our online crime tips webpage: https://constablepct5.com/index.php/online-crime-tips
Constable Heap reminds you to take the following steps to protect your car or truck:
• Be sure to lock your doors and fully close all windows too. It is amazing how many reported car burglaries come from victims who did not lock their doors.
• Move any valuables out of sight before you park your vehicle. These crooks aren’t just looking for expensive items. They will often simply take loose change, car chargers, sunglasses or garage door openers.
• Improve exterior lighting where you park your cars. An outside video security system will also help protect your home. These security systems are becoming more affordable but be sure to get one that records high-quality video.
• If you discover your car has been burglarized, call your local law enforcement agency BEFORE touching anything on or inside your vehicle. There is a chance the crook left behind fingerprints, so you should treat this as a crime scene without damaging any potential evidence.