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Crime in Houston: Taillight robberies on the rise, and auto repair shop owners say they have to be expensive to replace

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) – Forget about catalytic converters. Fraudsters can move to your tail lights.

David McCarver told ABC13 the thieves stole the tail lights not only from his own Ford F-250 pickup, but also from another vehicle, on Thursday morning on Edloe Street in Greenway Plaza.

“It’s as frustrating as you can imagine,” McCarver said.

He says he soon discovered how replaceable expensive taillights can be.

“Honestly. When I first saw it, I thought it wasn’t a big deal. It wasn’t a huge expense,” McCarver said. “After doing my research and talking to the folks at the local dealer here, that’s $1,083 per tail light.”
At Poutous Collision and Mechanical near Rice Village, owner Michael Poutous said he hasn’t heard of the tail light theft. He did imagine though it would be a matter of time. He says the expensive taillights are for a reason.

“Nothing surprises me anymore,” says Poutous. “They have a built-in module for lane departure, so you’ll have a computer with your taillights.”

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