Teens arrested for stealing cars from auto parts store in SW Houston


by Malini Basu / KHOU 11 News


Posted on August 23, 2013 at 7:04 PM

Updated Friday, Aug 23 at 7:20 PM

HOUSTON -- Police said a couple of teens were arrested for stealing two work trucks from an auto parts store in southwest Houston.

“They said wrong place at the wrong time really,” said Carl Jones Sr.

Jones' son was handcuffed and questioned by police. K9 officers searched the woods and nearby houses on Glenridge Lane looking for teenagers who stole the work trucks from O’Reilly Auto Parts on West Fuqua.

Officers said the teens were breaking the steering wheel columns so they could start the trucks. Some of the kids officers are still looking for could be as young as 11-years-old.

“Obviously no adult supervision -- you see this all the time. It's not just unique to here,“ said HPD Sgt. W.D. Chapman.

Jones is trying to teach his 16-year-old son to do the right thing. He works so he can support him.

“I do what I’m supposed to do. I go to work. He's 16,” Jones said. “He’s doing what he’s supposed to be doing -- going to school and everything. I don't know, maybe the crowd he hangs with.”

Now neighbors are looking out for one another in the Glenridge Lane area.

“Stay in the house, keep my doors locked, windows locked” said neighbor David Beal.

Police said the same group they’re looking for may be involved in other crimes in the immediate area.