Drivers find vehicles broken into at park and ride

HOUSTON - A man said he left his car at a METRO Park and Ride while he went to work on Monday and came back to find his back window smashed.

Eric Mitchell said he parks his 2012 Chevrolet Tahoe at the Addicks METRO Park and Ride and every day and takes the bus downtown to go to work.

According to a METRO representative, Mitchell's Tahoe wasn't the only one targeted by thieves.

Theives also smashed the window of a 2009 Tahoe and stole the back seats, METRO officials said.

Drivers who park at the METRO Park and Ride are surprised this would happen in broad daylight.

"What's with security? They've got a security booth and nobody is in there. They got another little booth here, no one is in it," said Stephanie Ingrando.

A representative said the security booths are not manned but they have surveillance cameras surrounding the parking lot. After Monday's break-ins, METRO said it will increase patrol and increase monitoring of the cameras.

Although, Mitchell didn't lose anything important, he said he would like to see someone in these empty booths.

"There was a box of old DVDs and videos that the movie exchange wouldn't buy back, so they didn't get much from me. It is still a really big nuisance to have to deal with that," said Mitchell.

METRO is urging drivers to lock their doors and hide their valuables.

METRO Chief of Police Victor Rodriguez released the following statement:

"The METRO Police Department is currently investigating the burglary of two vehicles at the Addicks Park and Ride and requesting the assistance of any motorists who use the facility in solving this case. The two incidents are the first for this Fiscal year (from Sept. 1 ), only one was reported the entire previous year and three the year before that. METRO Police have increased patrols and stepped up monitoring of facilities and ask vehicle owners to contact METRO Police at 713-881-3312 if they become aware of such an incident. Although the numbers are small we realize these incidents cause real distress and inconvenience to our riders. METRO is committed to ensuring safety is maintained at our facilities and will be looking to apprehend and prosecute fully those who are involved in this activity."

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