Man asks about job, breaks into pickup truck

By Andy Cerota, Anchor/Reporter, acerota@kprc.com
Published On: Jan 03 2013 06:14:30 PM CST
Updated On: Jan 03 2013 06:45:27 PM CST

Jan. 3, 2013: A suspected thief is caught on camera stealing a man's wallet from a pickup truck right after he pretends to apply for a job at the business where his unsuspecting victim works. Andy Cerota reports.

HOUSTON -

A suspected thief was caught on camera stealing a man's wallet from a pickup truck right after he pretended to apply for a job at the business where his unsuspecting victim works.

It happened in the parking lot of a business near the 8900 block of Railwood on New Year's Eve.

Jake Gottfried works for Mexcor, the third largest liquor distribution company in Texas. Gottfried said he's convinced the crook followed him back to work Monday afternoon after he withdrew $2,000 from his bank.

Surveillance video shows the unidentified man pulling into the parking lot right after Gottfried walked into his company's headquarters.

The suspected thief did not strike right away. As if spending a few minutes driving around the property in an effort to scope it out wasn't bold enough, the crook walked inside the company's headquarters, went upstairs to the main offices, encountered Gottfried and asked him for a job application. Gottfried said the man claimed he wanted to be a truck driver.

Surveillance video shows the man leaving, but moments later he went back inside the building, went upstairs and chatted with another employee before taking off again.

The last piece of surveillance video showed the accused thief bashing in the window of Gottfried's pickup truck and stealing his wallet, full of cash, before driving off.

Gottfried said he contacted Houston police, but no one has been arrested. The investigation is ongoing.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS.