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Police say thieves followed a man home from Christmas shopping to steal his presents Rare Media Library

Like others across the city, a Houston man purchased presents for his wife this week, tucking them into the backseat of his pickup truck for safe-keeping.

Among the tagged gifts is reportedly a laptop from the Apple store in Highland Village, which is where investigators said they believe he became the target of thieves, who followed the man to his home downtown.

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After the man reportedly parked his truck in a gated parking garage located at Smith and Lamar, surveillance footage shows thieves breaking into his vehicle and stealing the hidden gifts.

The theft allegedly occurred at 1:30 a.m. Wednesday, when a man smashed the truck window, taking the package from the back.

In total, the bandits reportedly stole $2,000 in gift value.

During the holidays, authorities warn crime is on the rise, with thieves targeting common marks, like vehicles.

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Earlier in the holiday season, police released warnings about possible car break-ins, as well as “bank juggers” who follow people withdrawing funds from the bank to a second location.

Police are warning shoppers they should never leave money or expensive presents in the vehicle for any length of time.

You never know when a thief may be watching.

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