Special Crime Alert!
By LeaAnne Klentzman
This incident began on Wednesday morning, March 12, about 7:48 a.m., in the 11100 block of Saronno Drive in the Lakes of Bella Terra subdivision, just to the west of Texas 99/The Grand Parkway, between Bellaire Boulevard and FM 1093/Westpark Toll Way.
As dawn broke that morning several construction thefts were discovered in the area. As the investigation unfolded, deputies learned that just prior to their arrival a van overloaded with construction materials had been pulled from a nearby quagmire.
As the wrecker was pulling the loaded van out, one of the construction workers used his cellphone to capture the image of the suspect. Once freed from the quagmire, the van fled the area but the video recording construction worker was in pursuit.
However, as the worker tried to follow, he was blocked by a second suspect vehicle described as a white Chevrolet Tahoe. The overloaded van was eventually recovered, abandoned on South Fry Road and still loaded. The stolen building materials, were reportedly worth more than $2,300, were recovered from the van.
The wrecker driver reported a theft for his services too.
The suspect operating the van was described as a heavyset Hispanic male with tattoos on his face and fingers. No information was available on the driver of the intercepting Tahoe.
Sheriff’s spokesman, Bob Haenel, said information which leads to the arrest and conviction of those involved in this incident could earn a reward of up to $5,000.
All calls to Crime Stoppers are anonymous. Fort Bend County Crime Stoppers: 281-342-TIPS
Action footage taken by the construction worker can be viewed here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0fl35y_PDrM
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