HOUSTON – Police say two suspects in a brazen, smash-and-grab burglary at a southeast Houston pawn shop made off with gold jewelry Wednesday morning, but they didn’t get very far.
It happened at the EZ Pawn in the 5600 block of Mykawa Road around 10:30 a.m.
Police said the men kicked in the glass covering over the jewelry, grabbed the cases and fled the scene in a black Nissan Xterra, which investigators later determined was stolen.
But that’s where their plan went awry.
Police said the jewelry cases also contained red dye and pepper spray. The dye and pepper spray started leaking into the SUV, causing the driver to lose control and crash into a mound.
The dye then spilled onto the street, police said.
Investigators said the suspects ran up the road toward an apartment complex, leaving a trail of stolen merchandise behind them.
Officers caught up with them at the apartments and took them into custody.
Despite the fact that the heist was caught on surveillance video, one of the suspects told KHOU 11 News that police had arrested the wrong guys.
Investigators said while the crime was similar to other smash-and-grabs from earlier in the year at several Houston-area jewelry stores, they believe it was likely a copycat.