KATY, Texas -- The search is on for some shameless criminals who made quite the appearance in the Pine Mill Ranch neighborhood of Katy.
The two thieves dug through unlocked vehicles and loaded up stolen goods into a truck. The pair made the crime spree look easy until it was time for their escape.
The Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office said the battery on their truck was dead.
Surveillance video from a home shows the two suspects manually pushing the truck down Boulder Cove Court. They asked neighbors along the way for a jump.
Deputies said the criminals eventually stole jumper cables from a car and later found someone in the area to help them out.
“You try to give people the benefit of the doubt, thinking maybe it’s just kids that have car problems, not they just robbed us, and we need to take action,” said Laura, one of a number of victims in the neighborhood.
The surveillance video plays out for almost six hours, from midnight to 6 a.m. on Monday. Neighbors believe the thieves’ casual demeanor shows how little they cared about getting caught.
One family claims the young men even defecated on their front lawn.
“They are stupid. They will be caught because they are stupid guys,” said Albert Pizaro, who had cash stolen out of his car.
Authorities have received reports from four victims so far. Neighbors suspect more than a dozen people were targeted, but a number of those victims didn’t fill out reports.
Investigators said the thieves got into cars through unlocked doors and didn’t get away with very much.
“My perception of it first was to look at it as a typical car-hopping spree,” explained Sgt. David Schultz with the Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office.
Sgt. David Schultz said “car-hopping” is when criminals go from unlocked car to unlocked car and take what they please.
“It’s not only popular in Fort Bend County. This is a trend that’s nationwide,” Schultz said. “A message to the teenagers, lots of folks are installing video cameras.”
Schultz said these particular criminals “aren’t too bright,” and he believes there is a good chance of catching them.
Anyone with any additional information is asked to call Fort Bend County Crime Stoppers at (281) 342-TIPS.