HOUSTON An undercover operation ended with the arrest of a car burglary suspect after a short chase near downtown Houston, police said.

Police set up thesting after a series of car burglaries were reported along the Allen Parkway jogging trails.

Police say a lot of people who jogor walk their dogs on the trail leave valuables in their cars and that makes them an easy target for thieves.

After a man was seen breaking into a car and grabbing a purse, police approached him.He took off running and jumped into a vehicle.

Thebriefchase endedaround 3:40 p.m. at Jillette and Ruthven in the Montrose area.

At one point during the chase, the suspect ran into a patrol car.

Police said the man had been convicted of breaking into other cars and that he was on parole for robbery.

A woman s purse was recovered from inside his vehicle, police said.

Burglary of a motor vehicle is the number one crime in Houston.

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