Baytown Grinch steals 5 bikes from Blue Santa donation program

BAYTOWN, Texas (KTRK) -- Baytown police are looking for the person who allegedly stole several bikes from O'Neals Sports Bar and Grill.

Five bicycles, which were intended for donation to the Baytown Blue Santa program, were stolen from the front lobby of the restaurant.

According to the restaurant's owner, the thief backed up a truck to the front doors and loaded up the bikes before taking off.

A staff member managed to snap a photo of the truck before it drove off and investigators are looking at that photo for additional clues.

"I don't know what to say," said John Young, the restaurant owner. "I can't see how anybody could stoop that low to do that to children around Christmas time."

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The suspect is believed to be a Hispanic man, 5'3", approximately 190 lbs. with black hair. He was driving a light/dark gray, 2000 Chevrolet Silverado pick-up truck.

The five bicycles are described as follows: four small pink Huffy bicycles and one small pink Dynacraft bicycle.

"When word got around, a lot of people were upset, especially the people who worked so hard to this for the kids this year," Young said.

The Baytown Blue Santa program has been in existence for over 25 years and has assisted thousands of families who might not have been able to give their children gifts during the holiday season.

The Baytown Blue Santa program relies heavily on donations and O'Neals, for the past two years, has been an integral part of the program's success.

Anyone who has information on this or any other crime is asked to call the Baytown Police Department at 281-422-8371.

You can also contact Crime Stoppers at 281-427-TIPS, submit anonymous tips online at the Baytown Police Department website, or text keyword BAYTOWN plus your tip to 274637 (CRIMES). Crime Stoppers will pay up to $5,000 cash and you will remain anonymous.
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