Video released from purse theft at gas station near downtown Houston

A woman pumping gas near downtown Houston became a theft victim and didn't realize it until she after she drove off
April 17, 2014 2:58:30 PM PDT
Houston police have released surveillance video in hopes you can help them find a man they say stole a purse from a woman as she was pumping gas near downtown Houston. They believe the same suspect is also responsible for similar thefts across the Houston area.

The surveillance video is from a gas station at 2200 Main Street. It happened January 15 at around 1:20pm. A Toyota Highlander pulled up to the pumps alongside the victim's vehicle as she pumped gas. The suspect got out and opened the unlocked passenger door of the victim's vehicle.

The suspect stole a purse, then got back into his vehicle and took off. The victim didn't realize what happened until she drove off.

Surveillance video captured the suspect inside the store before the robbery making a purchase.

The suspect is believed to be the same person responsible for similar thefts at gas stations at 17906 Tomball Parkway at about 7:45pm on December 22, 2013, 14555 Cullen Boulevard about 5:30pm on January 15, 2014, 6707 West Sam Houston Parkway about 3pm on January 25, 2014, and 9970 Bellaire Boulevard about 7:55pm on January 25, 2014

The suspect is described only as a heavy set black male, about 5 feet 9 inches tall. He has a beard and was wearing dark colored pants, dark shirt and a dark jacket with white trim. He was also wearing a beanie cap. The male is seen as a passenger in a newer model Toyota Highlander with paper plates that flees the scene.

Anyone with information on the identity of the suspect is urged to contact the HPD Auto Theft Division at 713-308-3500 or Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS.

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