Thieves steal $3,000 in cigarettes from food mart


by Andrew Horansky / KHOU 11 News

Posted on October 25, 2013 at 6:27 PM

Updated Friday, Oct 25 at 6:40 PM

HOUSTON -- When men broke into the FM Food Mart on Westview and Antoine in Spring Branch Friday morning, an alarm sounded.

ADT called the store’s owner and he called 911. Surveillance video captured the crime unfolding.

Two masked men can be seen breaking glass at the front of the store. Ten minutes later, they returned to pry their way in with a crowbar.

The men then stole more than $3,000 in cigarettes before video shows them going back outside to wait for a getaway car.

One of the men appears to point a gun at passing vehicles.

What the video does not show is police. Ram Momin, the store’s owner, said it took them 45 minutes to show up.

“What excuse are they going to tell you, Mornin said. “Okay, we were busy somewhere else?”

His store has an alarm system, burglar bars, cement barriers and 16 security cameras. He felt none of it made a difference.

“What good is it going to do when they [the police] don’t come on time when they’re supposed to,” Mornin said.

He believes if officers had arrived sooner, his store might have had a chance, and the thieves could have been caught.

According to police, the first 911 call was placed at 5 a.m. and they arrived at 5:05 a.m.