Thieves strip car of its tires in no time flat in NW Houston neighborhood

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) -- A team of thieves targeted a home in a quiet northwest Houston neighborhood, taking wheels off a family's vehicle in a matter of minutes in the early morning hours Tuesday.

Even more unsettling - the family was asleep inside and they believe one of the men was armed with a gun standing guard at their front door.

"They should be working for NASCAR on one of their teams," said Tony, the homeowner.

Tony asked that his last name not be published. He said his family is afraid because the men haven't been caught.

"One of the guys was the lookout, standing at my front door, and it looked like he had a gun," he said.

When the men jacked up the Chevrolet Suburban, the alarm went off. That woke Tony up and he saw them finishing up the job.

"By the time I woke up from my grogginess, they were long gone," he said.

Tony's glad he didn't confront the thieves. He was home with his wife and two young children.

The thieves left behind the lug nuts and two cement blocks propping up the vehicle.

Tony's already had new wheels put on his Suburban but he wants these guys caught.

His family and the whole neighborhood now worrying about potentially armed thieves lurking around in the dark.

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