HOUSTON -– Police said a group of crooks smashed into a northeast Houston food store early Monday morning to steal an ATM machine, but they left empty-handed after rolling their getaway vehicle.
The smash-and-grab happened on Maxey Road at Woodforest Boulevard around 3:30 a.m., according to Houston police.
A clerk was inside the Shell store when security cameras caught a pickup truck smashing through the front doors. The bad guys, dressed all in black, hit the building twice to get inside. They then dragged the ATM out of the store and into the back of the pickup.
A worker in the store was unharmed, but he said he was startled because the crime happened so fast.
“I’m completely shocked,” said clerk Banoar Neik. “At that time I couldn’t think what to do – it’s so fast.”
A Houston Police Department sergeant saw the suspects as they left the scene. He attempted to pull them over, but they took a fast turn and rolled their pickup in a home’s front yard. The suspects then managed to get out and evade police on foot, leaving the ATM behind.
HPD called in K-9 units, but the suspects weren't immediately located.
Back at the store, workers were left to deal with about $30,000 in damage to deal with.