Thieves hit 3 family-friendly businesses in less than 24 hours

HOUSTON – A local destination for families became the target of a crime spree Thursday night and Friday morning.

Three Pump It Up businesses - one in Katy, one in The Woodlands, one in Houston - all hit by thieves.

Surveillance video from Friday morning shows a thief breaking into the Pump It Up at South Mason Road with a crowbar. Once inside, the man can be seen walking the hallways with a flashlight, and then rummaging through the front desk and cash register.

Owner John Steidl said The Woodlands was also broken into Thursday night — about an hour after the Katy location. Stiedl owns the South Mason location as well.

"We're not a cash business," Steidl said. "Ninety-five percent of what we do is credit card business."

He said the suspected thieves made off with about $200 in change at The Woodlands location and only $5 in Katy.

A third Pump It Up on I-10 in Houston was also hit Thursday night. Video from inside that location appears to show that the intruder there was not the same man who broke into the Katy and The Woodlands locations. It is possible the thieves are a group of people all working together.

In all three surveillance videos, the men had their faces covered.

The Harris County Sheriff's Office is investigating the thefts in Katy and Houston. The Montgomery County Sheriff's Office is investigating at The Woodlands location.

Anyone with information in this case is asked to call local authorities.