• Blogs

    August 18, 2014

    Theresa Roemer Says Some of Jewelry Mailed to the Houston Press is Hers

    Theresa Roemer has identified some of the jewelry mailed to The Houston Press by a self-proclaimed burglar as belonging to her. "Mrs. Roemer did come in and identify some of the items as items that were stolen from her residence," Montgomery County Sheriff's Office Spokesman Lt. Brady Fitzgerald to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 15, 2014

    Caller Claims to be Burglar of Theresa Roemer's Closet, Sends Us a Bunch of Jewelry, Wisp of Hair

    A person claiming to be the burglar who plundered socialite Theresa Roemers's closet has sent the Houston Press a cache of what appears to be costume jewelry -- including a locket with a lock of hair he claims was her dead son's. The person initially called the Press August 12, and, speaking throug ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 23, 2014

    This Week in Serial Crime: The U-Haul Burglar

    The Houston Police Department earlier this month nabbed a suspect in at least 14 burglaries, they announced this week. Torron Jermaine Alexander, 42, was hit with a charge of two counts of burglary for a series of crimes, police say took him from one U-Haul business to another since late April. Po ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 18, 2014

    Why Do Robberies Keep Climbing at University of Houston?

    Ask any University of Houston student about the main campus and they'll acknowledge that they find it a little sketchy outside,especially at night. Not to do any Third Ward bashing. We know the Tre's steadily working its way to up-and-coming neighborhood status. We know you see those brand new condo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 9, 2014

    Is Your Chevy on Some Drug Gang's Radar?

    When the Houston Police Department releases its monthly list of the most stolen vehicles, the makes and models rarely change. What does move the needle a bit, however, is the total number of vehicles stolen each year. According to police, there were just over 13,500 thefts last year, a 4 percent inc ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 10, 2014

    HCSO Looks for Trio Suspected in Mexican Market Burglary Spree

    A group of thieves has been focusing their attention on a local Mexican market chain, attempting to knock over about 17 La Michoacana stores in the Houston area. Harris County Sheriff's Office investigators are looking for the public's help in identifying the suspected burglars, known as the "The C ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 5, 2014

    Suspected Burglar Can't Get Away from Flying Deputies

    Not only did an alleged burglar fail to escape with the goods on Monday, but his buddies left him, he was wrestled to the ground by his victims, and Harris County sheriff's deputies came swooping out of the sky. Talk about bad timing. The sheriff's department has been conducting routine air patrols ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 5, 2014

    Thieves Skip the Door, Smash Through Wall of Houston Camera Store

    The owners of Camera Co-op on Durham Drive are looking for anyone who might know someone who just "happened" to come into seven brand new Canon cameras. The store was burglarized early Saturday in a move that gives a whole new meaning to the term "smash and grab," when a car punched a hole into the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 5, 2013

    Stolen Food Truck's Wild Ride: A Fence-Smashing, Median-Jumping, Cop-Hitting Episode On The Southwest Side

    After one of their food trucks was burglarized a second time, the owners of Healthy Lunch Box Catering decided to take action. They may have got more than they bargained for. After setting up surveillance of their parking lot Saturday night, they were witnesses to a wild episode that only ended wh ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 1, 2013

    Annise Parker Finds The Silver Lining In An Attempted Burglary Of Her Car

    Follow-up question: Do you know what's the not-so-best thing about Houston and its people? Getting your car broken into at 2 a.m. Mayor Annise Parker used Twitter to put a smiley face on the attempted burglary of her daughter's car in Montrose early Friday. (The tweet just went up today, so apparen ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 29, 2013

    Sledgehammering Your Way into a Church: Ocean's 14, Your Script Is Ready

    It's like a potential script for Ocean's 14, except that instead of glitzy casinos you have a ramshackle church, and in place of an incredibly complicated and time-sensitive scheme that relies heavily on the latest in high-tech computer technology, you have one very confused guy with a sledgehammer. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 6, 2012

    Is Houston the Worst City in America for Burglaries? Probably

    There you were feeling pretty damn good about yourself when you read the Brookings Institution found that Houston had the best economy in the country. You puffed your chest out, retweeted and shared posts on Facebook to all your yankee cousins. "Looky here," you said with a sense of pride, "Now, wha ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 3, 2012

    You Better Watch Out...Someone Might Steal Your Car This Christmas

    So, let's see, what's on my wish list for this year? There's this killer Rush baseball jersey, a $1000 Visa gift card, chicken nuggets for life and, oh right, NOT getting my car stolen or broken into. Given how many cars get ripped off during the holidays, that last one on the list might be the toug ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 31, 2012

    Bernard Cardenas Charged as a Serial Home Burglar; Took His 3-year-old Along on His Last Job

    A suspected serial burglar has been arrested and charged after police say they found him trying to break into a house, while his 3-year-old son sat waiting for his dad in his car out front. Police say they believe Bernard Cardenas, 34, is responsible for more than a dozen burglaries in the east ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 12, 2012

    Comment of the Day: Support For Food Trucks Like Oh My Gogi

    We have some great commenters here on Hair Balls, and it's time we paid some damn attention to them. So we'll be highlighting a Comment of the Day each morning or afternoon from the previous day's work. Maybe two comments, even. This will all be determined by a highly rigorous scientific formula i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 29, 2012

    Patrick Spurlock: Goes On Shooting Rampage, Injuring 4, Then Dies In Car Accident

    A chronically disgruntled renter went on a shooting rampage Wednesday morning and injured four people before dying in a traffic accident, police say. HPD has identified the shooter as Patrick O'Neal Spurlock, 39. The ysaid they received a call of a shooting in progress at an apartment in the 6000 b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 26, 2012

    Adrian Avalos: Feline Yowls Foil Alleged Attempt at Deed Most Foul

    An alleged Carancahua Drive cat burglar was foiled by the meowing cries of a coterie of Corpus Christi kitty cats, police there said. According to a CCPD press release, a woman was washing dishes around midnight Friday when she heard her cats "going crazy" behind her house. When she looked out her ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 15, 2012

    Comment of the Day: On the Chad Holley Arrest

    We have some great commenters here on Hair Balls, and it's time we paid some damn attention to them. So we'll be highlighting a Comment of the Day each morning or afternoon from the previous day's work. Maybe two comments, even. This will all be determined by a highly rigorous scientific formula i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 8, 2012

    Charlie The Dog Is Saved!

    Cheer up, Charlie​We told you earlier about Wes Covington, a resident of northwest Harris County who was burglarized. Thieves made off with custom-made guitars -- one signed by Buddy Guy -- but, more importantly, Covington's dog Charlie went missing. Either the thieves took the Boxer, or the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 5, 2011

    Splendora Cops Seeking Two Butt-Dumb Burglars

    Splendora Police DepartmentBurglary Suspect #1. Note pensive expression and rad neck-chain tat. ​ Have you seen these two men? Splendora cops would like to know. That's because they say these two geniuses swiped the digital camera on which these photos were taken (along with a laptop, TV and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 14, 2011

    What The "Top 10 Stolen Vehicles" List Says About Houston

    Stolen, by manly men​Every month Houston police put out a list of the most-often stolen vehicles, a list that defines what are either the most vulnerable or most desirable members of our automotive society. This month's is out....what does it tell us about Houston? 3. Our car thieves want yo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 21, 2011

    Heights Burglary Ring Smashed; Four Area Youths in Custody & Their Facebook Bragging Exposed

    Phots by HPDNathaniel Cook: One of four arrested.​An alert area resident and diligent Central Patrol officers have taken in a quartet of Heights miscreants they say broke into four area homes on Tuesday. Police say Nathaniel Dean Cook, Octavius Demone Harris, Eli Marquis Ortiz and Everardo Se ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 21, 2011

    That Stolen Renoir Is Probably Sitting In A Garage Somewhere

    A problem, not a painting​A Renoir painting was stolen from what we assume is a ritzy westside home earlier this month. So it's probably now hanging on the wall of a unfathomably rich mysterious Russian or Japanese financier, right? Nope. It's probably sitting in the burglar's garage, accord ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 5, 2011

    Free Break-In And Giant Dump With Your Heights Car Repair

    Photo by Mandy OaklanderBobby Harting is sick of being burglarized and ignored.​Last week, Chris Lawless dropped his car off at Tech Auto Maintenance in the Heights for a repair. He stopped by the next day to find it fixed but picked clean of loose change, hundreds of CDs, and his limited-edit ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 25, 2011

    HPD Crows Over Another Crime-Rate Drop

    "Safest big city in America," chief says​The Houston Police Department is once again boasting of a noticeable drop in crimes, as reported to a national database. Comparing the first half of 2011 to the first half of 2010, murder is down 37.1 percent, robberies 20.8 percent and overall violent ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 21, 2011

    HPD: Crime Rate Down; Number of Cops Soon Will Be Too

    Goin' down​On a day when KHOU reported as many as 181 cops may be laid off due to budget constraints, HPD announced that crime rates have dropped again in Houston. Total crime in the first quarter of 2011 dropped 14.2 percent from the first quarter of 2010, HPD said. Violent crime is down by ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 14, 2011

    16 City Employees Nabbed for Stealing City's Copper

    HPDArthur Samuel, city employee and alleged copper thief​Sixteen city employees have been charged with stealing copper, because hey, it was there for the taking, we guess. Seven have been arrested so far, HPD says. Investigators got a tip that the workers were selling copper to Latino's Scra ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 3, 2011

    Auto Theft: 10 Best Houston Neighborhoods To Get Your Ride Stolen

    ​Houston can be a tough place to live without a car. So getting it stolen is a real bummer. And here are the 10 places where it's most likely to happen. We're not saying you need to avoid them, just be careful. The stats are from December, and as always, HPD cautions against comparing raw be ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 3, 2011

    That Long-Awaited HPD Beating Video Is Out

    The video is out​KTRK has managed to get its hands on the long-awaited security footage that shows Houston police officers hitting and kicking a teenaged burglary suspect as he's in custody. From the initial reports by people who'd seen it when the incident happened last year, you might have ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 19, 2011

    Ten Houston Neighborhoods: The Crimes They Experience

    Paging McGruff the Crime Dog​We've been plotting which neighborhoods in Houston lead in certain crime categories, but doing that doesn't really get you to the more well-known parts of town. So we decided to zero in on a few specific neighborhoods and see what crime's been going down in them. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 6, 2011

    Jonathan Robert McMinn: Dude, Don't Go to Police HQ to Pick Up the Items You Stole

    Jonathan McMinn: Maybe should have just written off his loot​Sometimes a man can take too much pride in his work. He feels he's earned his just rewards and he's going to get them. When the man in question has a common-sense quotient of a sugared-up tween, however, trouble may ensue. Jonathan ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 8, 2010

    The 10 Worst Burglary Neighborhoods In Houston (For The Moment)

    ​What are the best neighborhoods to live in if you want to get burglarized? We've gathered 10 of the finest. We looked at the most recent crime stats for HPD beats, which means the month of October. HPD generally doesn't like "raw data comparisons between police beats" because the info can be ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 30, 2010

    Texas Watchdog Offices Broken Into: Begin The Paranoia?

    Photo courtesy Texas WatchdogAnyone know where G. Gordon Liddy was this weekend?​Texas Watchdog, the website that does a lot of digging into the spending of governments and politicians, was burglarized over the weekend. The offices in downtown Houston were ransacked and laptops taken, among o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 27, 2010

    Leonard Campbell & Bobby Henry: 150 Montrose Burglaries In The Past Year

    Photo courtesy HPDLeonard Campbell​Houston police have arrested two men they believe are responsible for up to 150 burglaries in the Montrose area in the past yearLeonard Campbell, 50, and Bobby Henry, 40, were both arrested this month. HPD says ampbell can be tied to 107 burglaries and Henry to 5 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 27, 2010

    Joyce Espinosa: The Family That Lifts Together Sticks Together

    Photo courtesy GCSOJoyce Espinoza is all about the family​And they say that not enough families are spending time together and sharing family activities...Last week, a 42-year-old Webster mom was arrested along with her two teenaged kids after the threesome walked out of a Friendswood HEB with $70 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 24, 2010

    Bad Cop Lesson #248: Don't Rip Off The Non-Criminals

    Should've taken pointers from this law enforcement expert.​Times must indeed be tough locally if Houston police are forced to seek "financial assistance" from the civilian population: A Houston police officer has been accused of stealing from drug suspects and those he pulled over in the line ... More >>

  • Music

    July 1, 2010

    A Case of the Vapours

    Islands' Nick Thorburn tries to keep track of his bandmates and their aliases.

  • Blogs

    June 21, 2010

    SugarHill Studios Burglarized Over The Weekend

    6:08 p.m.: Updated to include list of stolen gear. Chris GraySugarHill Studios in 2008​ Legendary Houston recording complex SugarHill Studios, subject of the recent book House of Hits by local historian Dr. Roger Wood and studio co-owner/engineer Andy Bradley, was burglarized over the weeken ... More >>

  • Calendar

    January 14, 2010

    Robert Crais: The First Rule

    Actually, there's only one rule: Don't make Joe Pike mad

  • Blogs

    January 11, 2010

    Marcel Simpson, 19: Bayou Body Count No. 7

    ​If you try to take my shit, I can shoot your ass.This is the compact all Texans make with each other, whether they want to or not. It is both an unwritten cultural law and a general principle that can be upheld in a court of law.The notion may soon be put to the test, however, in the wake of an a ... More >>

  • News

    October 22, 2009

    Boosted Booze and Marvin's Angels

    Highlights from the Blog at HOUSTONPRESS.COM

  • Blogs

    October 9, 2009

    Robbery At The Lone Star Saloon: What Is America Coming To?

    Photo by Txrelichunter​Here at Hair Balls and the Houston Press, we really love the Lone Star Saloon. Really. That's why we hope that police take swift action and find the dirty, dirty bastard that stole 21 bottles of liquor from Lone Star last weekend. "I hope they catch the S.O.B.," Joe Lee Thom ... More >>

  • Calendar

    November 13, 2008

    Rudolph Rides Again

    Web exclusive!

  • Calendar

    May 1, 2008

    Liars, Lovers and Lunatics

    Alyson Hannigan’s Sapphic significant other from Buffy the Vampire Slayer also directs

  • Blogs

    February 22, 2007

    Who's the Ford Tough Guy Now?

    We hear the thieves are big fans of its offroad handling capabilities. Earlier this month we told you how Ford really is the best in Texas, in terms of getting stolen, that is. Turns out Ford trucks are also the most popularly ganked vehicles in Houston as well. All of which should make rodeo- ... More >>

  • News

    February 12, 2004

    Talky? You Bet!

    Sheila Jackson Lee's verbosity leads to a jackpot

  • News

    August 14, 2003

    Tempting Teens

    Does a police sting program make kids into too-easy targets?

  • Film

    March 28, 2002

    Home Alone Again

    Panic Room is a great movie -- if you've never seen one

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