A shocking footage sufficed of flood damaged victims, who caught thieves in their flooded house. The owners were more shocked when they realized who the muggers were. And now they are going to pay for their crime.
A local news KTRK, Houston resident Jordan Blair, who was affected by the flood, was stunned when his surveillance camera filmed intruders breaking in his two-story home and searching for valuable stuff. But the worst thing is that Blair and his roommate recognized the men who were stealing from them.
Blair and Laura Quinn hired two men from a cleaning and restoration company Servpro. The men are caught on the video using their phones as a flashlight to search the home for valuables. The men were identified by Huston police as Brandon Bonesteel, a23-year-old and Richard Edwards, a 22-year-old from Michigan.
The two men were supposed to clean up the flood damage on the first floor but instead, they were trying to steal from these victims.
“Like what a double blow to someone’s life right now,” Blair said. “You just can’t trust everybody.”
On Tuesday Blair and Quinn checked the cameras in their bedrooms to see what their pets were doing, and realized that the men who were supposed to work for them are in fact trying to steal from them.
“They clearly went up there with the intent to steal,” said Blair. “There was no flood damage on the second floor.”
The police arrested Bonesteel and Edwards that day, and they are now charged with a second-degree felony, Burglary Habitation.
The penalty for this charge is 2-20 years, but in a time of emergency it goes up, so they are now facing 5 years to life in prison. Kim Brooks, a corporate communications specialist, issued a statement saying:
“We are very troubled by the allegation involving the employees of a SERVPRO Franchise operator. We in no way condone these actions, which run contrary to SERVPRO’s values and culture. It is our understanding the franchise operator has terminated the employment of these individuals. We will continue to investigate and follow the situation and take any other action deemed necessary or appropriate to help ensure this will not occur again in the future. The SERVPRO franchise system looks forward to continuing to assist the residents of the State of Texas in their time of need.”
Bonesteel and Edwards victimized a people who already suffered too much, and now are going to pay a high price for their actions.
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