FORT BEND COUNTY, Texas—Authorities are trying to track down a pickpocket who allegedly lifted a wallet from a patron in a popular Katy-area restaurant, then threatened to hurt employees who were trying to get it back.
Fort Bend County Crime Stoppers released video of the crime which happened at Perry’s Steakhouse in the 23500 block of Cinco Ranch Boulevard on July 7.
Video shows the suspect lurking behind a couple of customers in the restaurant around 1:15 p.m. The suspect was seen putting his jacket on while lifting a wallet out of a customer’s purse. An employee who witnessed it happen went to confront the man. The two got into a shoving match, then the suspect bolted from the restaurant. Workers said he threatened to shoot them if they continued chasing him.
Due to the threat against the employees, the suspect faces charges of aggravated robbery if caught.
The suspect is described as 5 feet 8 inches to 5 feet 10 inches tall, weighs about 230 pounds and is in his late-30s to early-40s. He has a gold upper front tooth and has a beard and mustache. He was wearing a blue Houston Astros baseball cap, a blue plaid shirt, blue jeans and was carrying a white sports coat at the time of the crime.
The suspect attempted to use the stolen credit cards in the wallet twice within 20 minutes of the theft, but was only successful on the first try. The cards were cancelled before he could do anymore damage.
Investigators said the incident is a good reminded to not use a restaurant chair as a purse rack.
Information which leads to the apprehension and filing of charges on the suspects involved could earn a reward of up to $5,000.
Call Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office at 281-341-4665, Fort Bend Crime Stoppers, Inc. at 281-342-TIPS (8477) or text plus the tip to CRIMES (274637). Tips also can be submitted online. All tipsters will remain anonymous.