HOUSTON— They say crime doesn’t pay. But a couple of suspects found that out the hard way Thursday morning in the Heights.
Police said the suspects broke into a patrol car right outside the HPD substation in the 1100 block of North Durham.
"They were going inside a marked police car that was parked in parking lot," said Sergeant Larry Mikel. "Nothing is sacred when it comes to breaking into vehicles."
While the suspects were rummaging through the car, one of them accidentally switched on the police lights.
That got the attention of a passing officer.
As he pulled in to check out the scene, the suspects took off in two separate cars.
Police chased the cars down the wrong way on Durham and managed to stop one less than 3 miles away, near Northwest Mall. That suspect was arrested. When officers started looking through the car, they said they found quite a collection of stolen goods.
"We got sunglasses that came from out of another burglary," said Sgt. Mikel. "We got tools. We got shoes. We’ve got iPads. We got all kinds of stuff."
A short time later, police found the second vehicle and arrested that suspect while he was walking down the street.