Surveillance video captures tire and wheel thieves in the act


by Kevin Reece / KHOU 11 News

Posted on April 9, 2013 at 7:10 PM

Updated Tuesday, Apr 9 at 7:20 PM

HOUSTON—Surveillance video from a home in the Cypress Creek Ranch subdivision captured images of the thieves who stole tires and rims from five different trucks and SUVs early Monday morning. 


Now residents 11 miles away in Hockley say the exact same thing happened to them.

Security cameras in the Cypress-area thefts show two sedans, one dark and the other light colored or white, driving back and forth through Cypress Creek Ranch as early as 3:30 a.m. Monday.  The vehicles eventually stop at the home of Bryan Schild.  At least two people can be seen rushing to his Cadillac Escalade and removing the first wheel in as little as 15 seconds.  Schild was among the five homeowners who found their trucks and SUVs propped up with landscape bricks the next morning, and all of their tires gone.

“This just proves crime can happen anywhere. I mean you’re not safe anywhere,” said Schild.

Which is exactly what Gwen Sternberg called to tell KHOU 11 News.

“And I thought this is the same thing that happened to us,” she said.

Sternberg lives in the Village of New Kentucky in Hockley off FM 2920.  In December thieves targeted her neighborhood, stealing the tires and rims off five trucks and SUVs in the dead of night.  Both the New Kentucky and Cypress subdivisions have large homes on spacious lots that allowed the thieves to work without anyone close enough to hear them.

“We don’t feel as safe as we used to,” said Sternberg. “It’s kind of sad.”

In response, neighbors have added more alarm systems and security cameras, and a camera at the subdivision entrance.

“We all used to think we were so safe and away from all that because we moved away from Houston to get away from it,” added Sternberg.

The Harris County Sheriff’s Office is investigating both crime sprees, but it’s not known if the thefts were committed by the same group of people stealing wheels and stealing peace of mind.