Police need help catching robbery suspects

November 9, 2009 10:14:08 AM PST
Houston police released surveillance video Monday morning of suspects wanted in connection with dozens of robberies at insurance companies across the city. Police say the robberies began in May with the most recent one happening this past Saturday. According to police, two or three Hispanic men wearing baseball caps walk into insurance company offices and ask questions before holding up employees -- usually female -- at gunpoint.

The thieves typically get away with between a couple hundred and $1,000, in addition to other items, such as purses, wallets and cell phones that belong to the employees.

But it gets worse. The suspects, police say, are getting more aggressive. They're ordering employees to stay in bathrooms, tying them up and threatening to kill them.

"When people are getting robbed, it's terrifying, " said Officer Colleen Nelson with the Houston Police Department. "They have guns in their faces. They're being tied up. They're being threatened to be killed. They're being put in back rooms. So their description might not be completely accurate because they're concentrating more on the weapon."

Fortunately, we're told no one has been injured yet.

Police only have a very vague description of the suspects and no description of a vehicle. They're asking anyone with any information in this case to contact them or Crime Stoppers. A reward of up to $5,000 is being offered for information that leads to an arrest.

Police are also telling employees of small insurance companies to be very careful, especially if they're working alone.

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