Man wanted in 3 metal theft cases

HOUSTON - Houston police are trying to identify a man wanted in three separate theft cases.

The man has targeted two Houston businesses three different times stealing metal and storm drain covers.

"This guy had no regard for human life the storm drain covers he took would have caused significant damage," said Mark Lynch of UTEC, a surveying company.

The man targeted UTEC in northwest Houston on Aug.11. Surveillance cameras caught him at 6:45 a.m. driving a 1987 or 1988 Ford F-150 and stealing more than $2,000 worth of metal equipment.

He took two aluminum tripods used for underwater surveying, officials said.

"Each tripod is specific to the job. These particular ones were used but really no harm to us. It's a nuisance. We want to stop him," said Lynch.

Houston police said they have connected the same man to two other cases.

Most recently, last Saturday he stole roughly $6,000 worth of stainless steel, investigators said.

"He can get in and out without being detected. The material is quality that he can go sell," said Officer O. Gamez.

Gamez said he believes the thief sold the items for quick cash.

"He's been to a couple of scrap metal businesses that we know of," said Gamez.

The surveillance pictures and video is the best clue to catching the thief. When he is identified, he will face felony theft charges.

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