HOUSTON – Investigators have detained four suspects who they believe burglarized a Harris County Sheriff’s deputy’s work car. They found them hiding out a nearby Super 8 motel.
On Sunday, the deputy and a constable fell victim to the crime. The deputy had his take home car parked right outside of his home when it was broken into.
The deputy was inside his home located on North Valley and had no idea what was happening.
Four suspects, who appeared to be officers, were walking around the neighborhood when they allegedly broke into the deputy’s vehicle. Minutes later they were driving around shooting out of one of the getaway cars.
“At one location in the neighborhood, they saw them pulling the firearms out of one vehicle and putting them in another vehicle when that vehicle would not start,” said Lt. Stan Jolly, Precinct 4 Constable’s Office.
“I was sitting there watching TV, and I hear just pop, pop, pop,” said Dalyin Daniel, who heard the gunshots.
Officers chased the suspects to the 16000 block of North Sky Court, where the suspects bailed out of the vehicle and took off running. Neighbors said they heard the suspects fire at least 10 shots.
“My kids were like, can we go out and I said no, we have to stay inside,” said Sharon Morris, a witness.
Deputies found bullet proof vests, handcuffs, guns and a stash of cash inside the abandoned getaway vehicle. Officers are not saying if the stolen items were taken from the deputy’s patrol car or from another source.
Witnesses said one suspect was wearing an ankle monitoring bracelet and another suspect was holding a police radio.
Jolly confirmed that a repeat offender, who was wearing an ankle monitoring bracelet, has been taken into custody as a possible suspect.
Residents were in shock by the boldness of it all.
“My daughter is the one that told me. She left earlier and told me ‘Mom, they broke into a police officer’s car.’ I don’t know if they are trying to send out a message,” Mary Gonzalez said.
Deputies said there has been a rash of robberies in the area, with crimes happening at a Jack-in-the-Box, Carter’s Country, gas stations and other places. They are trying to determine if the same suspects are connected to those crimes.
Luckily no one was hurt. It’s unclear what charges the suspects will be facing.