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FOX 26 finds suspects before HPD can: What gives?

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HOUSTON (FOX 26) -

Deacon Eddie Howell is an angry and frustrated man.

In the last three weeks, burglars have struck Step of Faith Missionary Baptist Church in Sunnyside three times.  Each time, the thieves stole an air-conditioning unit.  The total loss is $6,000.

"In broad daylight with traffic in the area.  It's like they have no regard for anything or anybody as far as I see," Howell said.

Because the church has been burglarized so many times, surveillance cameras were installed.  They caught the thieves in action.  Video shows a lookout man and the getaway truck.  An eyewitness was able to get the license plate off that truck.  That truck was seen at all three burglaries.

"To me, I thought it would be an open and shut case on something like that," Howell said.

He and other church members said it was not that easy.  Once they reported the break-ins to Houston Police, it took several days for HPD to respond.  He said even after providing HPD with video tape, a license plate and the thieves' address, nothing has been done.

"I feel like we're being victimized over and over by the system and by the burglars," he said.

FOX 26 photographer Ray Williams and I were able to track down the red truck with that same license plate at an apartment complex.  We followed the vehicle through Southeast Houston.  A man in the back of the truck noticed us and hid his face.

Here is the point:  If we could find this truck in a matter of minutes and less than a mile from the church, why hasn't HPD made an arrest?

"It would be a different story if you didn't know where to go look, but you know where the suspects are and no one seems to care.  You don't want to take the law into your own hands, but that brings a thought into your mind," Howell said.

An HPD representative pointed fingers at the church, saying it took investigators two weeks to get that surveillance video.  We were told the case is being turned over to HPD's metal theft unit.

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