Houston police are searching for two men who used a stolen car to smash their way into a Valero convenience store in Clear Lake.
Just after 2:30 a.m. Tuesday, police said a beige Chrysler slammed into the front door several times. Surveillance video showed glass on the side of the car and the steering wheel broken, and more importantly for police, the car and the suspects' faces were caught on camera.
"This is kinda strange. Most people who steal cars don't bring them back and drop them back off," said John Tesareski, who owned the stolen car.
In a bizarre ending to a night of crime for a pair of thieves, Tesareski said his beige Chrysler was used as the getaway car. The problem is he had no idea it was stolen, but the four cameras that sit above his parking lot captured everything.
"It shows them around 11:30 last night stealing my car, but it doesn't show their faces real well," Tesareski said.
After the crooks left, they didn't drive very far to commit their next crime -- another smash-and-grab that was also caught on camera.
"My boss called me and said something happened to this location (and to) go and check it," said Iqbal Ali, manager of the Valero.
Ali, who's been the store manager since 2009, said he was in shock when he arrived at the store, which was closed at the time of the burglary. During the break-in, the culprits, who had their faces covered, jumped out and grabbed a case of beer.
Just one hour after the break-in, while police were collecting evidence at the gas station, the crooks were seen on camera, this time returning the car.
That beer that was stolen only cost $18.99, but the damage to the store is in the thousands, not to mention the damage to Tesareski's car.
"We're happy we got it back. You can't let this stuff keep you down; you got to move on," he said.
According to police, the thieves did leave behind a couple of clues -- a cellphone charger and some fingerprints.
Anyone with information about the men is urged to call Crime Stoppers of Houston at 713-222-TIPS.