Caught on tape: Master remote used to unlock cars

By Jennifer Bauer - Reporter

HOUSTON - Surveillance video shows a man lurking around a minivan parked in the driveway of a home near the intersection of Bolivia Street and Tidwell in the Candlelight Oaks neighborhood. 

In the three-minute video clip you see the thief rummage through the inside of the van, open the back door and then leave. He got away with some loose change and other items. 

The homeowner tells Local 2 her van was locked before the break-in and was still locked the next morning when she got inside and discovered her stuff gone. There was no damage to the outside of her van, she said police believe the thief may have used a special universal remote that can override the security system of any vehicle. 

"I know that there are types of remotes like that," said Craig Pennington who lives a few blocks away.  "I've heard about remotes that will open garage doors.  I don't know about cars but if they can open garages I'm sure they can unlock cars."

Pennington had one vehicle broken into and another stolen and says even though the crimes aren't too serious, they're enough to make you feel unsafe.

"You know a criminal was just outside your house.  What's the next step?" said Pennington

Pennington said break-ins seem to be on the rise in this community and suggests neighbors keep an eye out for one another. 

"Check to make sure all the doors are locked and lighting.  Outdoor lighting."

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