HOUSTON -

The search is on for a man suspected of stealing car batteries from a used car lot in southeast Houston.

Houston police say they were called to Gulf Coast Used Cars on Adams Street around 2 a.m. Thursday after a passerby saw a man inside the gated lot.

When officers arrived, they used a K-9 to search for the man, but he was already gone.

The owner arrived at the car lot and told police the man was taking batteries from his cars.