Caught on camera: Thief breaks into 17 vehicles at east Houston elementary school parking lot, HISD confirms

The incident happened at Franklin Elementary School in southeast Houston

HOUSTON – Houston Independent School District police are investigating after at least 17 vehicles were broken into - in broad daylight - at an east Houston elementary school, officials confirm.

According to HISD, two suspects burglarized the vehicles in the employee parking lot across the street from Franklin Elementary School, located in the 7100 block of Canal Street, shortly before 2 p.m. Thursday.

“It’s sad that we had our teachers and campus personnel working hard to teach our students and educated them when in the meantime, they are being victimized by these suspects,” said Lopez.

Two suspects in a silver SUV were captured opening doors to vehicles, smashing windows, and even hanging out of them as they burglarized the vehicles.

“You see them on the video and it captures them breaking the windows, going through vehicles, taking items, and then moving on to the next vehicle,” said HISD police chief, Pete Lopez. “Most of the stuff stolen were wallets and laptop cases and items like that.”

Investigators are reviewing surveillance videos of the crime in an effort to identify suspects.

Anyone with information is urged to call the HISD police at 713-892-7777.

WATCH: Videos show the suspects going in and out of the vehicles


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