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Police asking for publics help identifying vehicle burglar, officials say

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HOUSTON – A new sketch has been released of a man who shot a motel worker for interfering in a vehicle burglary, police said.

According to investigators, the employee saw three men breaking into vehicles around 1 a.m. Thursday at the Quality Suites in the 15300 block of Vantage Parkway.

The general manager of the motel said the 27-year-old employee was watching surveillance cameras and saw headlights drive into the parking lot. When the employee went outside to check it out, at least one thief pulled out a gun and shot the worker five times, hitting him in the stomach and leg, investigators said.

The worker was taken to the hospital, where he underwent surgery and survived his injuries.

Two retired police officers, who were staying at the hotel, heard the gunshots and called 911, the manager said. The former officers stayed with the victim until paramedics arrived, she said.

The three men fled the motel in a 2003 to 2006 orange Chevrolet Cavalier.

The first burglar seen in surveillance video is described as a black man with short braided hair. He is 18 to 25 years old and is about 6 feet tall. He was wearing a blue long sleeve shirt at the time, police said.

The second burglar was described as a black man with dreadlocks. He is 18 to 25 years old and is about 5 feet 8 inches tall and weighs 150 to 175 pounds, police said.

The third burglar is described as a black man with short hair.

Crime Stoppers will pay up to $5,000 for information leading to the charging and/or arrest of the suspect in this case.

Information may be reported by calling 713-222-TIPS (8477) or submitted online at www.crime-stoppers.org.

Tips may also be sent via a text message by texting the following: TIP610 plus the information to CRIMES (274637). All tipsters remain anonymous.