HOUSTON – Authorities said they are looking for the people who recently stole two fireworks stands in Cypress.
According to investigators at the Harris County Fire Marshal’s Office, the same vehicle that was used in the theft of the fireworks stand was later used to steal a generator from a Home Depot store in Spring.
"This is our main source of income," Sukhvinder Singh, with Texas Style Fireworks, said.
Authorities say the thieves hooked up a trailer in the 11300 block of Barker Cypress Road on Friday around 4:30 a.m. and drove off with 125 pounds of fireworks valued at about $80,000. A second fireworks trailer theft happened just a day before around 2 a.m., in the 5000 block of North Highway 6 in Cypress.
Singh is back in business, but still trying to recover from the theft of her trailer.
"Everything was gone," she said.
Investigators say last Thursday two men walked out of Home Depot without paying for a $2,000 generator. They loaded the generator into the back of the same black Chevrolet truck seen at the other thefts, and left the scene, according to authorities.
Authorities say all of the thefts happened while the truck was on loan.
Detectives located the truck's owner, who said he rented the truck to a man he met at a local motel. He told investigators that he had no idea about the crimes.
"We have fireworks that have been stolen, we don't know where they're being stored. If they're being stored properly or what the intended use or sale of those outside of Harris County is," Harris County Fire Marshal Laurie Christensen said. "We believe all of these crimes are tied together."
Singh just wants to make sure the heist doesn't turn her Fourth of July sales into a bust.
"We hope people out there come out and support us," Singh said.
Contact Crime Stoppers if you have information in this case at (713) 222-TIPS (8477) or submitting tips online at www.crime-stoppers.org.