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Man dressed as woman believed to be responsible for up to 12 burglaries, police say


HOUSTON – A cross-dressing thief in northeast Houston could be responsible for up to a dozen home and business burglaries, police said.

"At first, we thought we were dealing with a female suspect," Houston police Detective Greg Shelton said.

Derek Lee Lange, 25, is charged with a variety of crimes, including two counts of burglary of a building, criminal mischief and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle.

WATCH: Cross dressing burglary surveillance video

The home burglary charges are pending, Shelton said.

The majority of the crimes appear to have taken place in northeast Houston, Highlands and Crosby.

Lange is said to prefer the variety offered in self-storage buildings. Surveillance video shows the same burglar appearing over three separate nights in September and October, sometimes without shoes.

"The second occurrence, he showed up in a unitard, (an) exercise one-piece, very tight," Wendy Morgan, owner of San Jacinto Storage, said.

Lange was arrested at the scene of another storage business burglary last week on the 2900 block of East Wallisville Road.

Police have not yet identified two accomplices, one man and one woman. The video of the male accomplice is crystal clear.

If you have information about their identities, call Crime Stoppers of Houston at 713-222-TIPS.