HOUSTON Authorities are looking for two suspects who were caught on camera stealing metal from a warehouse in north Harris County in early September.

The suspects stole the metal from a warehouse in the 3400 block of North Sam Houston Parkway on September 3 and September 10. The business was equipped with a surveillance camera, which captured the alleged thieves in action.

That video has been released on Youtube, courtesy of Crime Stoppers.

The suspects are seen climbing down from the roof of the business after throwing an air conditioning unit from the roof. One suspect is seen loading stolen metal equipment into the bed of a green truck, before fleeing the scene.

Both suspects are men with slender builds. One was wearing dark shorts, a white t-shirt and a dark-colored ball cap, and the second one was wearing dark-colored shorts and tennis shoes.

Metal theft is a growing epidemic, costing the government, small businesses and citizens millions throughout the metropolitan area. The cost of repair far outweighs what the thieves actually get.

Each unit is valued between $15,000 and $20,000. For every dollar worth of metal stolen, victims pay up to $25 for repair and replacement.

The US Department of Energy estimates that metal theft nationwide costs the economy an average of $1 billion per year. Texas is listed as the second largest victim of metal theft, lead only by Ohio in the number of reported thefts.

Anyone with information about the identity of the suspects is asked to contact Crime Stoppers of Houston at (713) 222-TIPS (8477).

Crime Stoppers will pay up to $5,000 for any information called in to the 713-222-TIPS (8477) or submitted online that leads to the filing of felony charges or arrest of the suspects in this case. Tips can also be sent by text message. Text TIP610 plus your tip to CRIMES (274637). All tipsters remain anonymous.

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