HOUSTON A crook who crept up on a woman at the Indonesia Consulate probably had no idea that high definition surveillance cameras were rolling when he snatched her money bag and took off, according to the Houston Police Department.

On March 15, a woman who worked at the consulate went to make a withdrawal from Bank of America in the 11200 block of Westheimer. While she was there, she noticed a tan or gold minivan driving around the parking lot, but thought nothing of it.

The woman left the bank and drove back to the consulate office located in the 10900 block of Richmond Avenue around 1 p.m.

She did not notice that she was being followed. Surveillance video shows the woman driving through the controlled access gates and the minivan driving by. Then just before the gates closed, a suspect wearing blue jeans and a blue shirt slipped inside.

The suspect then crept around the parking lot, and appeared to be peering to see what the woman was doing. After she got out of her vehicle, he snatched her money bag and purse, then took off running.

The 25-year-old victim and an older employee chased the suspect, but he still managed to get away. He slipped through the access gates and hopped into his minivan, which was parked on Walnut Bend near Richmond. The woman realized it was the same vehicle she saw in the bank parking lot.

The suspect is said to be 5 feet 11 inches tall and weighs about 180 pounds. HPD said the minivan could be a Mazda MVP or a Honda Odyssey.

Because this happened on the property of the Indonesian consulate, if he's caught, he could face federal charges.

Anyone who recognizes the suspect in the surveillance video or has any information on the case is urged to contact the HPD Robbery Division at 713-308-0700 or Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS.

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