Police searching for safecrackers who looted dealership during Harvey

Houston (KTRK) -- Houston police are searching for two suspects who broke into a car dealership during Hurricane Harvey and used a power saw and crow bar to break open the safe.

HPD released surveillance video of the two suspects, who spent nearly two hours working on getting the safe open on August 27th at Mike Calvert Toyota in the 2200 block of the South Loop West.

Eyewitness News spoke with general manager Rick Rizzuto, who said the break-in was disappointing.

Rizzuto was notified by the security company and was able to watch the suspects on his computer in real time during Hurricane Harvey.

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Police searching for two suspects who broke into safe during Harvey

He called 9-1-1 but police had difficulty responding because of flooding. Police eventually made it to the dealership but the suspects had managed to get into the safe and fled out the back door with an undisclosed amount of cash.

"I feel they took advantage of one of the lowest things you could do at the time. People are hurting. People are in need and then you go take advantage of others because you know you can get away with it," said Rizzuto. "We would like that person to be found so they don't do this to someone else."

The first suspect is described as a black male, red hoodie, yellow gloves and black pants. The second suspect is described as a black male, blue cap, black pants, white shirt and possibly a reversible jacket (white/dark colored).

Crime Stoppers may pay up to $5,000 for information leading to the charging and/or arrest of the suspect in this case. Information may be reported by calling 713-222-TIPS (8477).

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