Fake cops get away with gaming machines from SE Houston store

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Sunday, November 15, 2020
Police impersonators steal gas station gaming machines
The men pretended to be detectives with siezure orders and rolled the gaming machines away, but they were caught on camera.

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) -- Houston police are looking for two men who pulled off a bold theft of gaming devices from a southeast Houston convenience store last month.

It happened at a Valero in the 6900 block of Telephone Road on Oct. 27.

The pair said they were detectives with the "gaming commission authority" and were there to seize the machines, according to Houston police.

Surveillance video showed the men with fake badges, a fake seizure order and handguns. The men rolled the gaming machines out of the store and into a white Chevrolet pickup before taking off.

Authorities said it's possible the suspects have pulled this same heist before and other victims may not have reported the incidents.

Crime Stoppers may pay up to $5,000 for information leading to charges and/or arrests of the suspects in this case. Information may be reported by calling 713-222-TIPS (8477) or submitted online at www.crime-stoppers.org.