Houston crime: Preslee’s in The Heights goes cashless after another burglary and theft on Memorial Day

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) – Justin and Brandon Piper own three restaurants in Houston Heights. They have all been targeted by criminals, most recently early Monday morning on Memorial Day.

Thieves smashed a window, used a grinder to pick locks, and stole a safe containing at least $5,000.

“The crime is outrageous,” Justin told ABC13.

Justin is the co-owner of Preslee’s. He also owns a new burger place a mile away.

“We just opened it last Friday,” Piper said. “We were hit again that Friday night.”

That’s two break-ins in two days, and not long ago, $80,000 worth of restaurant equipment was stolen from her unopened cantina.

“We’re at the mercy of every criminal on the street,” Justin said. “Every single night. It’s not if, it’s when again.”

It’s not that they don’t have security. At Preslee, all doors are double locked, they have 16 cameras and a monitored alarm system. There was a tracker in the safe but they said when police responded they found the safe broken and its contents gone.

Justin said he was so fed up that he couldn’t accept cash at any of his stores.

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“That might put them off,” he explained. “They could still try to break in to find a safe, but if they don’t find a safe this time, they might not come next time.”

The Pipers have a history of publicly criticizing Democratic politicians. In this case, they blame district and city leaders for the crime.

We have reached out to both city and county officials, both of whom have issued statements.

A district spokesman released the following statement:

“We share this business owner’s concern at the tragic ‘gundemic’ the gun lobby is fueling across the country, including Harris County. At the same time, we’re also grateful to have the space in this story to point out that this year Lina Hidalgo and the Commissioners Court allocated more public safety funding throughout Harris County history, $1.4 billion dollars, including money for 400 more police cars, raises for police officers and other crime-fighting programs.

A spokeswoman for the city made the following statement:

“It is unfortunate that the business owner has experienced break-ins at his facility. The city encourages the owner to work with the Houston Police Department, which is committed to reducing crime citywide a year ago, and the homicide percentage has dropped dramatically since January of this year compared to last year.”

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The Pipers, who shared video of a burglary in March, know police are trying their best, but said they are not alone in their frustration as business owners. They think that once criminals are caught, there will be consequences.

“There is no penalty,” Justin said. “Action no longer has consequences.”

They are offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of those responsible for their recent burglary and theft.

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