Burglar drives away with $20K worth of equipment from auto repair shop

By Keith Garvin - Anchor/Reporter

HARRIS COUNTY, Texas - Shop manager Brian Jones was the first to discover his workplace had been hit by a thief not once, but twice last weekend.

The proof was in the equipment missing from a locked storage lot at the back of the Reliable Auto Repair Shop on Jones Road near U.S. Highway 290 and Farm to Market Road 1960 in northwest Harris County.

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It also was in surveillance video obtained by Channel 2.

"Once he had the second trailer, he closed up the fence and made it look as if nobody had ever been there before," Jones said after viewing the video.

The driver is seen in a white, newer-model Ford F-150.

At around 10:45 Friday night, he pulled up to the lot, apparently cut the lock, and then backed in to attach a trailer full of specialty repair equipment to the truck.

He left, but about 3 1/2 hours later, he came back and got away with a second trailer stacked with equipment.

In all, the crook drove away with about $20,000 worth of stolen merchandise.

Another batch of surveillance video shows that between the two robberies, it appears, the thief stopped at the drive-thru next door to pick up an order from Church's Chicken.

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"We don't want this happening to anybody else in the community around here," Jones said. "We want peace of mind on ourselves. We want peace of mind for the community and we just want crooks off the streets."

The Harris County Sheriff's Office is investigating the case.

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