Track workout turns into lesson for Houston woman whose purse was snatched, car stolen

A woman says she learned the hard way that leaving your items by the school track when working out isn't the safest of practices
March 28, 2014 4:48:08 AM PDT
It's something many of us do: Leave valuables by the track or in a gym cubby when we go work out. But one woman learned the hard way about taking extra precautions to keep your items safe.

For years, the track behind Twin Creeks Middle School was often part of one woman's weekly workout routine.

"I run, do jump rope, sprint, run the bleachers," said the woman, whom we are not identifying.

With rain falling, today it was deserted. And she may have used for the last time.

"I don't think I'll come back," she said.

On March 16, the mother-of-two says she put her keys in a bag and left it beside the track while working out. She turned away for a short time and before she knew it, her car was driving away.

"Oh my God, I went into panic mode," she said.

She called 911 and then called to cancel the credit cards she had in a small purse inside. Good thing because just a short time later, the thief was caught on surveillance video trying to use her cards at a nearby store. And she remembers the man from the track. He had a plan.

"He came in and set up the hurdles like he was going to run the hurdles," she said.

Instead, he stole from her.

"I work hard for everything I have, so for somebody to come in and take it, it's a horrifying feeling," she said.

She hopes someone recognizes the man and calls Crime Stoppers. His jeans and button-down shirt, she says, should have been a clue. She has this advice.

"Be careful, you never know who's watching you and you never know what they're coming for. And I suggest that you never leave keys unattended, never," she said.

Police did recover her car but it had a lot of damage.

Anyone with information about the identity of the suspect is asked to contact Crime Stoppers of Houston at (713) 222-TIPS (8477).

Crime Stoppers will pay up to $5,000 for any information called in to the 713-222-TIPS (8477) or submitted online at www.crime-stoppers.org that leads to the filing of felony charges or arrest of the suspect in this case. Tips can also be sent by text message. Text TIP610 plus your tip to CRIMES (274637). All tipsters remain anonymous.

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