Accused thief targets antique shop


PENSION REFORM BILL FROM GOING INTO EFFECT.>>>ONLY ON 2 TONIGHT, A JEWELRY HEIST AT A HOUSTON ANTIQUE SHOP. SURVEILLANCE VIDEO SHOWS THE MAN FREEDOMMING TO BUY SOME — PRETENDING TO BUY SOME ARTIFACTS. BUT THEY SAY HE TOOK THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS IN MERCHANDISE. IT HAPPENED AT ANTIQUES AND MOORE IN WEST HOUSTON. CHANNEL 2’S SOPHIA BEAUSOLEIL IS LIVE THERE NOW WITH A CLOSER LOOK AT THIS GU SOPHIA?>>Reporter: PLEASE TELL US THEY HOPE THAT PEOPLE — EMPLOYEES TELL US THEY HOPE PEOPLE RECOGNIZE THE MAN WHO TOOK JEWELRY FROM UNDER THEM. WHEN YOU WATCH THIS SURVEILLANCE VIDEO, THIS MAN DRESSED HEAD TO GO IN TEXANS GEAR LOOKS LIKE HE’S TRYING TO BUY ANTIQUES. INSTEAD HE’S GOING FOR THE HAIL MARY.>>HE DID WHAT HE DID PRETTY QUICKLY AND HE DIDN’T SEEM TO BE NERVOUS ABOUT IT. I DON’T THINK THAT WAS HIS FIRST RODEO.>>Reporter: JEFF SAYS HE AND THE OWNER WERE IN THE STORE WHEN COLD COINS AND JEWELRY STARTED TO DISAPPEAR.>>HE KIND OF PULLED ON THIS WAY. AND PUSHED THAT BY LIKE THAT. AND REACHE IN. HE JUST REACHED IN AND THEN PUT THIS BACK. YOU CAN SEE ON THE VIDEO WHERE HE POPPED THIS BACK INTO PLACE.>>Reporter: AND THE VIDEO SHOWS THE SUSPECTED SHOPLIFTER TALKING TO PLEASES AS IF NOTHING HAPPENED BUT HE WASN’T DONE.>>UNFORTUNATELY, THE OWNER HAD — HAD FAILED TO PUT THE LOCK BACK OUT. SHE WAS SHOWING SOMEBODY SOMETHING AND LEFT IT UNLOCKED. SO I GUESS HE SAW THAT AS AN OPPORTUNITY.>>Reporter: AN OPPORTUNITY CAUGHT ON CAMERA. YOU CAN SEE THE SUSPECTED THIEF GRABBING A WHITE TRAY FULL OF RINGS.>>THERE WAS PROBABLY 5 TO $700 AT RETAIL RINGS. IN THIS BOX ALONE.>>Reporter: THE SHOP DOESN’T THINK THEY’LL SEE THAT MERCHANDISE EVER AGAIN. BUT THE MAN ACCUSED OF TAKING IT HAS HIS OWN SPOT ON THEIR SHELF.>>IT’S A REALLY DIFFICULT TO THINK THAT WE WERE THERE ENGAGED WITH THIS GUY AND MEAN WHILE HE WAS JUST MOVING AROUND BEHIND OUR BACKS AND STEALING THINGS.>>Reporter: NOW, WE WANT TO SHOW YOU SOMETHING. YOU SEE ALL THESE CONSTABLE PATROL CARS? THIS IS IN THE SAME STRIP MALL ALSO WHERE THIS JEWELRY STORE IS. THE JEWELRY STORE IS ACTUALLY TWO DOORS DOWN FROM WHERE THE CONSTABLE. ‘ OFFICE IS. — CONSTABLES’ OFFICE IS. SHOWS YOU HOW BRAZEN THIS MAN WAS. IF YOU HAVE ANY INFORMATION, CONTACT POLICE. REPORTING LIVE FROM WEST HOUSTON, SOPHIA BEAUSOLEIL, KPRC CHANNEL 2 NEWS.

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