Suspected thief acccused of preying on Harvey victims

HOUSTON - A man accused of stealing from Harvey victims is behind bars thanks to alert neighbors and the Nextdoor app.

Precinct 5 investigators believe Arthur Douglas, 56, broke into several homes in the Maplewood neighborhood of southwest Houston.

He is charged with a November burglary of a home in the 5700 block of Braeswood.  The house was vacant after being flooded during Hurricane Harvey.

The homeowner posted surveillance photos on Nextdoor showing a man stealing a television.

Investigators say when Douglas knocked on several doors in the same neighborhood this week posing as a contractor, one homeowner recognized him from the Nextdoor post. She called Precinct 5.  

Deputies suspect Douglas is involved in other break-ins in the area. If you have any information, please click here to post your tip.





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