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Business near Watson explosion site burglarized, police say

Posted at 1:32 PM, Jan 26, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-26 14:32:46-05

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) -- Two men were arrested after officers say they were stealing construction equipment from a business near the Watson Grinding & Manufacturing explosion site.

It happened Sunday morning near the site on Gessner and Genard. According to DPS, troopers were stationed for monitoring at the explosion site and noticed a Ford F-350 pickup truck speeding with a trailer attached to it.

They noticed the trailer had a chain that was dragging.

DPS says the suspects in the pickup truck led troopers on a chase. The trailer began swaying and ultimately crashed. DPS told ABC13 the suspects rammed one of its patrol cars three times.

A trooper shot at the suspects, but no one was hit, according to DPS.

The chase ended in the 8000 block of Kempwood near Wirt Road.

Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo confirmed the incident was not a looting case and said the suspects were not looting damaged homes or buildings near the explosion site.

"This is a burglary and the suspects have been apprehended," wrote Acevedo in a tweet. "This was burglary of a business where the suspects were stealing construction equipment."

He continued in another tweet, saying in part, "We have had no reports of looting of the impacted homes or businesses."