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Caught on cam: Clumsy robbers bump into each other, fire shots in lingerie store

by Andrew Horansky/ KHOU 11 News

khou.com

Posted on April 30, 2014 at 7:39 AM

Updated Wednesday, Apr 30 at 6:54 PM

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HOUSTON -- Houston police held a special news conference Wednesday to talk about two particularly clumsy criminals wanted for firing shots inside a north Houston lingerie business.

“I have to say that in the seven years that I’ve been investigating robberies, these are by far some of the clumsiest crooks that I’ve seen in a long time,” said Jeff Brieden, Houston Police Department.

The suspects were among three men who walked into a Katz’s Boutique in the 9800 block of the North Freeway on April 13. It was around 3 a.m. and surveillance cameras were rolling.

Police say two of the men had weapons. The suspect with the revolver apparently bumped into the suspect with the rifle, causing the rifle to discharge.

“Which then spooked both the suspects,” Officer Brieden said.

Both men began shooting, and police believe they thought they were being fired upon. Nearly a dozen rounds were discharged. In reality, all the gunfire was coming from them. Investigators say that is what makes them so dangerous.

“Because of how unpredictable they were during the robbery,” Brieden said. “And just discharging their weapons so freely in any direction; this case easily could have turned into a capital murder.”

The video shows the suspect with the rifle shooting through a mannequin and the store’s front glass door before the both ran away.

No customers were inside at the time. Two workers hid and were not harmed.

Police just hope someone can help identify those shooters soon before the next spectacle. The suspects appeared to be between 18 and 25 years old.

Anyone with information on the identities of the wanted suspects is urged to contact the HPD Robbery Division at 713-308-0700 or Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS.

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