A Heights business owner sustained minor injuries last week while preventing the theft of an alien mannequin used to advertise his store, according to police.
Houston Police Department spokesperson Kese Smith, citing a report provided by the Harris County Precinct 1 Constable’s Office, said the attempted theft occurred at about 5:30 p.m. March 23 at 1802 Yale St., the location of vintage clothing store Area 52. Smith said owner Cameron Sparkman chased after a man who picked up the gray-colored mannequin with green alien eyes from outside the store and started running with it toward West 19th Street.
Sparkman told the responding constable’s deputy that the man threw the alien mannequin over a fence near where his Mercedes-Benz was parked but ended up leaving the mannequin behind when he got into the car, according to Smith. Sparkman attempted to stop the man by getting in front of the vehicle and was subsequently struck by the passenger’s side mirror, causing minor bleeding to Sparkman’s elbow, Smith said.
“(Sparkman) then took the mannequin back to the business and called the Precinct 1 Constable’s Office,” Smith said. “He did state that the mannequin sustained some damage that he estimated to be about $250 worth of damage.”
Smith said the man who tried to steal the alien mannequin is white, approximately 20-25 years old and stands between 5-foot-11 and 6-0 with a thin to medium build. Smith described the Mercedes driven by the man as gray or silver in color.
According to a crime alert emailed by the constable’s office, there was no video surveillance of the incident and no witnesses.