Serial robbers strike in broad daylight

April 27, 2009 2:43:38 PM PDT
Houston police are searching for a group of serial robbers. The suspects are wanted in connection with at least three robberies in southwest Houston last month. The crooks hit stores on Wilcrest, Clarewood and West Bellfort.[SIGN UP: Get headlines and breaking news sent to you]

These robberies all happened in broad daylight between the hours of 2 and 5pm. Investigators say that's significant because it is part of a trend they're seeing on the west and southwest side of Houston.

Surveillance video captured the latest robbery on March 27. Two thieves stormed into Sunny's Food Store in the 7600 block of Clarewood while a third man stood outside and acted as lookout. Both men inside were armed. One man jumped over the counter, forced the clerk to the ground, held a gun to his head and demanded money. The thieves made off with about $300 from this location.

Similar robberies were reported earlier in March with the same MO. In one case, one of the suspects was wearing the exact same clothes. Police are very concerned about these crooks. They're worried that the next time they strike the situation could escalate to greater violence.

"They're getting more aggressive," said Kim Miller with the Houston Police Department. "I think it's possible, that, you know, they're armed, they're dangerous, they're violent towards the clerk at Sunny's? They could just be more aggressive."

Between all three locations, the thieves made off with about $3,000 in cash and $350 worth of cigarettes. If you see these men, you're asked to contact the Houston Police Department.

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