The same suspect was caught on a number of cameras putting six totally different eating places on back-to-back nights.
KATY, Texas — People at a Katy area-shopping heart are on edge.
Six eating places had been hit on back-to-back nights in Katy’s Asian Town, and Friday, thieves adopted a person from a financial institution to his business to rob him, in broad daylight.
“I looked to my right and I saw my passenger window shattered,” mentioned Angel Arteaga.
Arteaga did not suppose it might occur to him. Thieves smashed out his window and went proper for the money in the middle console. Investigators imagine he was adopted again to Katy Asian Town after pulling about $1,000 from the financial institution.
“I was in shock, I didn’t expect it to happen in this area,” mentioned Arteaga. “This is supposed to be a safe area.”
But it is taking place much more typically. This was solely the most recent crime this week.
Lava Coffee and Dessert and Fork It and Ding Tea Katy had been hit one after one other early Tuesday morning. Surveillance video captured the suspect hurling a rock by the window to get into the regionally owned tea store round 2 a.m.
“I would say it’s a crime spree,” mentioned business proprietor Noah Godin.
The very subsequent night, the same suspect struck once more. This time he focused Black Pearl Seafood Bar. Surveillance pictures obtained an excellent take a look at his face. He additionally hit Break Time Tea Lounge. Their door continues to be broken.
But he wasn’t accomplished. He additionally robbed Yummy Pho and cameras had been rolling when he storms into Beard Papas Ok-Town and heads straight for the register. That’s three extra businesses all hit inside an hour.
“Things are getting worse in my opinion,” mentioned Arteaga. “Who is to say they’re not telling their buddies this area is good to hit, I did it multiple times two days in a row and nothing happened to me.”
Businesses are already seeing an affect.
“We’re all struggling in this,” mentioned Godin.
Godin owns Allegiant Gaming. He hasn’t been hit, however worries he is subsequent. He tells KHOU 11 News one break-in is one too many and is resulting in a drop in business on the worst attainable time.
“We’re all family-owned businesses, it affects our families, it affects us and it’s really unfortunate for everyone involved,” mentioned Godin.
Katy Asian Town now has safety guards patrolling from midnight to six a.m.
The Harris County Sheriff’s Office is now investigating this newest string of break-ins. If you acknowledge the person in the surveillance video, name the Harris County Sheriff’s Office instantly.
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