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Houston tattoo parlors become crime targets

Houston tattoo parlors become crime targets

Tattoo artists beware: Your tools are a hot commodity. KTRK Ch. 13 is reporting that there has been a recent outbreak of tattoo shop burglaries.

In July, Cynthia Courtney's small shop on the East Freeway was ransacked. Thieves ran off with $18,000 worth of tattoo equipment.

Just last weekend, two tattoo shops were targeted. Rene Garcia, owner of Big City Tattoos in Southeast Houston, reported the theft of $3,000 worth of machines and supplies. Another shop on Westheimer also reported a burglary. The two separate surveillance cameras show a car of similar style leaving the scene of both crimes.

Garcia speculated that it must be tattoo artist who ran off with the specialized tattoo goods. Methinks he's on the right track.

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