CYPRESS, Texas (FOX 26) - Just days before the July 4 holiday, two business owners are pleading for help. The owners of Texas Style Fireworks in Cypress said their entire trailer, with more than $80,000 worth of fireworks, was stolen on Friday morning.
Co-owners Mark Chiappetta and Sukhvinder Singh said their 24-foot trailer was parked at a Cypress fuel station when it was stolen.
"They knew what they were doing because it actually had a trailer hitch lock on it and it was all on bricks," said Chiappetta. "So they literally had to yank it off the bricks, run over the bricks and break that trailer lock in order to hook up to it, or chain it somehow and pull it. It wasn't easy to do."
Although Chiappetta believes the suspect may have known exactly what he was doing, what the man didn't know was that it was all captured on video. In surveillance video from the adjacent fuel station, the man is seen parking his truck and walking inside the store to get a drink. The man then walks outside, gets back into his truck and parks it near the fireworks trailer. The video shows an employee confronting the man outside. Shortly after, the suspect is seen driving away with the entire trailer and its flashing LED lights attached to the back of his truck.
"It was hardwired in, so he actually drove off while it was hardwired," added Chiappetta. "The wires just yanked out as he went."
In total, it's more than an $80,000 loss — money that stay-at-home mother Singh uses to help raise her three young children.
"We were all excited to come out here today since today is the grand opening day," said Singh. "We wanted to start today and everything was good to go so they were all excited to be here and proud of it. But now it's just like everything is gone. No fireworks, no stand, no money."
Time is now ticking fast for these local business owners because come July 4, they won't be allowed to sell any more.
"We only run 'til Wednesday and that's the last day we can run, so all our money's made 'til then," said Chiappetta. "This is the peak time for us to sell."
As an added incentive, the owners are offering up to a $2,000 reward for anyone that can help them locate their trailer with the fireworks.
The Harris County Sheriff's Office said it is now reviewing surveillance video. Authorities said charges are expected. Due to the estimated amount of contents that were allegedly stolen, authorities said the crime would qualify as a 3rd degree felony theft, punishable with up to a $10,000 fine and two-to-ten years in prison.