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Tree thief caught on video

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Kransburg Ranch in Cypress looks just like any other neighborhood in the burbs...manicured lawns, well maintained homes, and neighbors who get along really well.

The devastation comes in the form of house burglaries, tires being stolen off of cars like in this case where the resident got the surprise of their life...and there's this...a young man casing a tree...a tree just planted by homeowner Loretta Johnson.

Johnson says, "well when I came out I seen my tree was gone and I was just upset because there's been so much happening in the neighborhood and it's like when will it ever end."

It was last week when Johnson caught the man she calls sticky fingers with green thumb actually stealing her tree...He pulls it from the ground and he's captured on tape making a dash for it with the young wisteria.

"I think he thinks it was a marijuana plant...In the front yard? I would put it right there by the streets so security and police and everybody can see this right," says Johnson.

Johnson was able to catch the tree thief in action because she's had multiple cameras because of crime installed around her Kransburg Ranch home...cameras that caught another teenage girl breaking into her neighbor's home - David Earl Broussard.

Broussard says, "it's a really bad feeling when you come to the place you think is safe and someone has broken into your house it's a really bad feeling."

A feeling that's echoed throughout the neighborhood that's officially patrolled by the Harris County Sheriff's office...but because that did not stop the thievery in the area residents hired a private security firm...but that presence didn't stop ole sticky fingers with the green thumb.

Elizabeth Soto also lives in the Cypress neighborhood. She says, "most of these neighbors I know say they're going to start carrying guns and that scares me as well because what if they start shooting and we have kids."

Neighbors also believe kids - young teens from a nearby neighborhood are responsible for the crime in their community...a community that's had enough...Crime shows a laundry list of offenses over the last six months - ranging from breaking and entering to stolen vehicles. And let's not forget the unknown man who stole a tree from a yard in broad daylight.

"At this point I really don't know what to do other than watching out for each other and report it that's all you can do," says Johnson.

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