Copper thieves target mall in east Houston, owners say

An East Houston business owner is warning others to be on the lookout for copper thieves after a recent theft forced her to close her photography studio.

Lauren Eureste told KPRC 2 that her studio, Imagine Lauren Photography in the 800 block of Normandy Street, had been unusable for around four weeks.

“They broke into the back of the complex and stripped all the wiring from the entire complex,” she said. “And so me and five other businesses lost power and electricity. We have no air conditioning, no way to take pictures and no way to use our lights,” Eureste said.

Eureste said the thieves who struck the Dahu Plaza were arrested but the damage to the building and its businesses proved costly.

“I lost a lot of money. From $8 to $10,000 in the last four weeks alone, and I had to spend money renting other studios,” Eureste said.

Eureste said the landlord of the place was working with businesses to try to fix the problem and even offered to pay a month’s rent for the inconvenience.

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“It’s just replacing all that wiring, because it’s hard-to-find equipment,” Eureste said.

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