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Coastal Bend business seeking justice after Thanksgiving theft

While employees don't know if they will ever get their items back, they just want to see the guy caught and prosecuted.

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — Staff with a manufactured housing business off North Padre Island Drive said they came back from the Thanksgiving holiday to find they had been the target of a theft.

The break-in happened early Thanksgiving morning and according to managers there, resulted in about $10,000 worth of items being stolen, including a golf cart.

The crook took advantage of no one being around because of the holiday. While employees don't know if they will ever get their items back, they just want to see the guy caught and prosecuted.

Pino Flores said power tools, a tv off a wall, and other items were taken from the building.

Flores is one of the managers at M-H Consultants. He said when staff arrived Friday morning, they noticed the items were missing.

Flores shared a video with 3News of the alleged burglar going through his office.
He said the thief was able to break in through a window and continued his shopping spree inside.

"These things can be replaced and we're thankful and blessed we can move on with this, but what if this is to happen again, to our neighbors, what if he has intentions to come back,” Flores said.

Flores added the video was clear as day and after the suspect's image was posted to social media, people have stepped forward with a potential name.

Flores has reached out to authorities to provide them with that information and is now waiting for action.

"We have a name and we have an address, why hasn't justice been served," asked Flores.

"Tips help point us in the right direction," said Senior Officer Travis Pace.

According to police, video can help speed up the process, but the investigation must take its course.

"You may have a name, but there is still a process we have to absolutely identify.  We have to link the individual to the crime and know and question the individual.  We just can't, because someone says that's him, go out and arrest him, because what if it's not...We have to do our due diligence to ensure we are pursing the right person," said Pace.

Pace said the holidays can add more opportunity for thieves.  While video cameras and alarm systems are good to have, he says you also want to jot down serial numbers on your expensive items.

"Take a picture of it.  Every one has a cell phone, because a lot of times it will getting pawned, and we have pawn shop detail they will check the numbers and if it comes up stolen, that it was reported then we are able to get your property back, but if we don't know its harder for us to help you," said Pace.

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