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Alleged Office Supply Con Man on the Loose in North Houston

Offices supplies can be worth a lot, especially when you steal a bunch of them.

Houston police are searching for a man charged with stealing thousands of dollars from north Houston area companies since March by pawning things he buys on companies' lines of credit.

Randy Moore, a 48-year-old white male, is charged with five counts of felony theft. He earned those five counts by allegedly entering business supply stores that offer lines of credit to companies. According to an HPD press release, Moore's modus operandi is to falsely claim he works for a company, buy items on said company's line of credit and then pawn said items.

Here's surveillance video of Moore pawning some supplies:

According to HPD, Moore has charged thousands of dollars of merchandise to companies he does not work for. The department believes Moore -- who is thought to operate in north Houston, north Harris County and Montgomery County -- has executed his office supply-pawning plan ten different times from March 22 to June 19.

HPD spokesman John Cannon said the nature of the crime is what caused HPD to take months before connecting the scheme to a suspect.

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"With this type of crime, with what he's doing -- getting lines of credit -- it's sometimes weeks or months before the companies even notice that (money is) missing," HPD spokesman John Cannon said. "Once that one (incident) in June popped up and they still saw it's still on the north side of town, they decided they were going to go to the media to try to flush it out."

Moore is believed to be moving around north Houston, staying in motels, according to the press release. If you have any information, HPD wants you to contact the HPD Investigative First Responders Division at 832-394-4675.

"This guy has eluded us every time. We know who he is, and we know people know where he is. If we could get that phone call where he is, that'd be great."

Stay with us for updates on this story.

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