Warning: Don't leave valuables inside your vehicle at RodeoHouston


by Courtney Zubowski / KHOU 11 News


Posted on February 29, 2012 at 6:27 PM

Updated Wednesday, Feb 29 at 6:40 PM

HOUSTON—A warning for anyone headed to the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo: don’t leave your valuables in your car.

A League City couple was hit by thieves on opening night of the rodeo Tuesday.

"It’s really unfortunate," said "Missy", who doesn’t want to use her last name.

"Missy" and her husband parked in the yellow lot which borders Main Street and McNee. When they returned to their Ford F-150 around midnight, they discovered it had been broken into.

Thieves likely used a screwdriver to pop open a lock on the driver’s side front door. They got away with a pistol and a purse.

"What this has cost us is, I have to get new car keys for my car, and that’s not going to be cheap. We have to get new house keys. I had to get new credit cards. I had to close a bank account that’s been open since 1985," she said.

According to "Missy," they weren’t the only victims.

"We hear people saying, ‘My car’s been robbed, my cars been robbed,’ and it turns out six cars were robbed," she said.

But according to the general manager of Reliant Park, there is just one report on file.

"We are going to have 2.6 million people and we want them to be as safe as possible," said Reliant GM Mark Miller. "

Houston police suggest that women not leave their purses in the car, even if they hide it under something.

"Bring one small purse, long strap, wear it across the body and carry one credit card and one identification, that’s all you need, you can buy everything you want with that one driver’s license and that credit," said Houston Police Senior Officer Jim Woods.

He also suggested you leave your guns at home.

"Don’t bring any weapons up here. Don’t leave anything in your car you can afford to lose. If you can afford to lose it, leave it in there because it will get taken from you," said the officer.