FBI looking for suspect in burglary, espionage at Houston energy company

The FBI says it's not unusual these days to see someone trying to take company secrets, but it's usually the work of a hacker, not some guy breaking into an office building with security.

HOUSTON - The Federal Bureau of Investigation says it is looking into the theft of intellectual property from a Fortune 500 company in Houston’s energy corridor.

The company has asked to not be identified for security reasons, but the FBI wants to know why the man took several items from the business during its off-hours last year.

The man was caught on camera during the theft and during another burglary attempt at the same company.

According to the FBI, at approximately 3 a.m. on June 25 the burglar gained unauthorized access into the building through a defective door. After spending a couple of hours inside, the man exited with property belonging to the company and its employees.

Raw video: Company burglary suspect caught on camera

On Dec. 30, the same man attempted to enter the same Fortune 500 Company. This time, the man was unable to get into the secure area of the building. He stole a security radio from a desk in the lobby on his way out.

The FBI says investigators want to know the man’s motive for targeting the company and the particular items stolen.

The suspect was described as a white male, about 35 – 45 years old, 5’9” – 5’10” tall with a medium build, and dark hair.

During the June 2015 theft, the suspect had facial stubble and a thin goatee. He wore a light-colored long-sleeved collared shirt, tie, khaki pants, dark green baseball cap, and black athletic shoes with orange markings. During the December 2015 theft, the suspect was clean shaven and wore a light grey long-sleeved collared shirt, khaki pants, tan baseball cap, and black athletic shoes. During both incidents, the man had a noticeable tick – or upper body twitching of his head, neck, shoulders and arms. 

The FBI is asking for the public’s help in identifying the man depicted in the video. Crime Stoppers of Houston is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the identification and arrest.

If you have information about this individual and these thefts, please call the Crime Stoppers tip line at 713-222-TIPS (8477)  or visit www.crime-stoppers.org.


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