HOUSTON Authorities are asking the public for help catching the thief who stole thousands of dollars in merchandise from the baggage claim area at Bush Intercontinental Airport last Monday.

The thief struck between 10 and 11 p.m, taking five sets of designer golf clubs and a one-of-a-kind Moots mountain bike, according to authorities. The total value was about $15,000.

The suspect, described as a slender man with light-coloredhairbetween the ages of 30 to 45-years-old, was captured on surveillance video. He was wearing a blue Polo shirt and khaki pants.

He left the airport parking garage in a late '90s model red Ford Explorer Sport Trac.

This was in broad daylight, said Katherine Cabaniss, the executive director of Houston Crime Stoppers. This was in a crowded airport. This was with witnesses around.

Cabaniss advised travelers to mark their belongings, and several people passing through the baggage claim area on Thursday said they already did.

We put hankies on the handles and straps around the bag, said Ester Niskanen, who was returning to Houston with her husband Ed. Then we pray and we haven t lost a bag yet.

Anyone with information on the crime was being urged to contact Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS.

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