Katy theft victim warns others of break-ins

Thief steals laptop with photos of victim's late mother

By Jennifer Bauer - Reporter

HOUSTON - A Katy man got an unpleasant surprise when he left work on Monday and discovered thieves had broken into his car. It was parked in a lot in The Heights near Nolda and Roy Streets, not too far from the Katy Freeway. 

"They broke into my car took my laptop, Bluetooth and left a $400 pair of sunglasses in the visor," said Patrick Gilpin, who told KPRC Local 2 he secured the laptop in his trunk before heading into work that morning.

"I really think it might have been somebody watching me because my laptop was in the trunk of my car," he said. 

Gilpin believes the thieves used a Slim Jim or some type of device to unlock his doors because there was minor damage done to the area around his passenger side window. 

But what upsets him the most is what was on his laptop -- priceless photos of his late mother, photos he fears he will never see again.

"That far exceeds the value of the laptop itself," Gilpin said. "That's something that can never be replaced and there's nothing I can do about it."

Gilpin wants people who live and work in the area to know about the crime. He said it happened to him in broad daylight, and it can happen to anyone.

"It seems to just more or less be a hot spot all the time."

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