HPD: Burglar drops in through roof, targets slot machines

Police look through surveillance for clues

HOUSTON - Police said they are looking for a burglar who broke into a north Houston market through a hole in the roof.

Police said the man made a hole in the roof of the Sunco Marketplace in the 8000 block of De Priest and then went inside, using a hammer to break into 8-liner gaming machines.

The burglary happened around 1:30 a.m. Tuesday, and police say it was all caught on camera.

Police responded to the location after the store's alarm went off.

"When the first officer arrived, he noticed a suspect crawling up into the ceiling. He called for backup and watched the back of the building," said Lt. Larry Crowson with the Houston Police Department.

Crowson said the officer saw the man jump off the roof and then over a few fences in order to get away. A K-9 unit was called to the scene to assist officers in the search, but police were unable to locate the man.

Police say they are looking for a black man in his 30s who is about 5 feet 9 inches tall and 170 pounds.

Anyone who recognizes the wanted man should call the HPD Burglary Division at 713-308-0900 or Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS.

Police said the man got away with an undetermined amount of cash.

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