Small Garland Thief in Big Trouble

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    Police say one of three men who broke into a Garland motorcycle shop is barely taller than 4 feet. (Published Monday, Aug 15, 2011)

    Garland police say one of three men who broke into a motorcycle shop is barely taller than 4 feet.

    Detectives released surveillance video of the burglary in the 3900 block of South Shiloh.

    Surveillance Video Shows Little Burglar

    [DFW] Surveillance Video Shows Little Burglar
    Police say one of three men who broke into a Garland motorcycle shop is barely taller than 4 feet. (Published Monday, Aug 15, 2011)

    "Well, at first I thought it was somebody [who] had the audacity to bring their child," said Mike Housman, the owner of Two Wheel World.

    But after looking at the surveillance video several times, Housman realized the crook was a dwarf.

    "After a closer examination of the video, we determined that it was a little person," he said.

    The video shows two men casing the store through the glass front doors late the morning of Aug. 7. One of the men peering through the glass can barely see over the door handle.

    "It appears to us, this is an adult, an adult male. It's just a real small guy," Garland Officer Joe Harn said.

    The video shows another man joining the pair in the back of the store, grabbing more than two dozen leather riding jackets. One of the men managed to wheel a sports bike out of the store.

    The dwarf tried to steer another bike out of the business but had problems steering the bike.

    "It looks like a kid that's got his hand up even with the handlebars, where most people would be down with handlebars or up above the handlebars," Harn said.

    The men got away, but police said they believe the video will help identify the men. Harn thinks the distinct height of one of the men will lead to an arrest.

    "You look at him -- more than likely, this guy's got a nickname. He probably runs with these guys," Harn said.

    "There can't be too many people running around with little people as sidekicks," Housman said.

    Anyone with information about the burglary can call Garland Crime Stoppers at 972-272-8477 or submit a tip online or from a smartphone at www.garlandcrimestoppers.org. Tipsters do not have to give their name and could earn a cash reward.