Thieves target traveling businessman at Meyerland Plaza


by Larry Seward / KHOU 11 News

Posted on September 20, 2012 at 7:22 PM

Updated Friday, Sep 21 at 10:46 AM

HOUSTON – A traveling businessman, who has twice had his identity stolen in Houston, reached a new low at Meyerland Plaza when thieves stole his computer, clothes and suitcase out his car. 

Tampa businessman Nathan Winger, who stops in Texas each month, couldn't believe he was targeted by criminals here for the third time.

“I went from living in a suitcase to living in a bag,” Winger said.

He went to dinner at Escalante’s in Meyerland Plaza. Knowing that his passenger seats were crowded with a suitcase, computer, clothes and hunting gear, Winger parked close to the restaurant.

“People (were) driving by constantly,” Winger said. “I didn’t stand there for three seconds without a car going by.”

But while Winger was inside, his passenger windows were smashed and everything except a digital camera was stolen.  Police said it was the second car break-in in a month at Meyerland Plaza.

“Don’t leave anything visible in your car,” said one customer.  “That’s one of the first rules of living in the city.”

“It’s just a sign of the times,“ said John Tamburello, another customer.

Other customers are not surprised by the thieves’ lack of respect.

“Respect is a lost word,” said Dimitry Diano.

Meyerland Plaza provides security for all its tenants. 

“We are very diligent in patrolling, but we also need customers to be diligent in putting their belongings away,” said Margaret Garrett, Meyerland Plaza’s general manager, in a written statement.

With his trunk full, Winger said he had few options. So do police.They have no surveillance video, no suspects and, so far, few leads.