1 arrested, 2 on the run in attempted game room burglary in east Houston

Monday, March 6, 2017
HOUSTON (KTRK) -- Owners of an Alief area game room say two men cut a hole into the wall of their business and tried to steal cash from slot machines, but the suspects got away empty-handed.

It happened just after 3:30 a.m. at the JP Game Room on Bellaire Boulevard near Synott Road.

The manager showed ABC13 where the suspects cut a hole in the women's bathroom. She said she happened to check the security cameras through an app on her phone and saw them running around inside the business.

The alarm had already been tripped, and police were on their way.

The two men were inside for approximately 20 minutes. The suspects are seen on video prying open the ATM door, but no cash was inside. The slot machines were empty as well.

Surveillance video of burglary
1 arrested in attempted game room burglary

The men gave up and left the game room through the same hole they created when the broke in.

A getaway car pulled up in front of the game room and picked up the two men just before 4 a.m. As the car was leaving, police arrived. Officers followed the vehicle into a nearby parking lot and arrested a 25-year-old man, but two others were able to get away in a gray Chevy Malibu.

The game room manager said the business has been burglarized two other times in the past month. Each time, the suspects have cut a hole in the side of the building to get in. She said the security cameras have captured different people in the act, but she believes all of the incidents could be connected.

Police released descriptions of the suspects who got away.

One suspect is described as a black man wearing a dark blue hoodie with a red undershirt, black pants, gray shoes and carrying a sledge hammer.

The second suspect is described as a black man wearing dark clothing.

If you have any information about this case, call Crime Stoppers.
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