Thieves steal $30K in jewels from northwest Harris County store on Christmas Eve

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by Kevin Reece / KHOU 11 News

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Posted on December 24, 2013 at 5:34 PM

Updated Tuesday, Dec 24 at 7:32 PM

HOUSTON—Robbers ruined Christmas Eve at a northwest Harris County Jewelry store Wednesday morning getting away with an estimated $30,000 in jewelry.

Store owner Allen Nguyen of LG Jewelry on Veterans Memorial Drive near FM 1960 says robbers hit his store at 10 a.m. Two young men were in the store for 15 minutes, but claimed they didn’t have any money and left without making a purchase. Employees say the men, wearing hoodies, came back five minutes later and demanded the keys to the display cases and held a gun to an employee’s head.

“The people who were working, they kind of like suspected these guys are up to no good and tried to push them out,” said Nguyen. “That’s when they decided to pull out a gun and put the gun to their head and demand the key.”

Nguyen says an employee followed the robbers as they fled the store on foot. Harris County deputies arrived a few minutes later. Nguyen says he arrived at the store after the deputies finished their investigation. He says his Vietnamese employees who reportedly speak little English were not able to fully explain to the deputies what happened. Nguyen says the employees showed him where the suspects fled and that’s when he found a jewelry tray on the ground behind his strip mall store with several thousand dollars worth of merchandise still in it.

Harris County deputies were then called back to the scene.

But Nguyen says there are still several thousand dollars worth of merchandise missing.

“It’s a day to do business,” Nguyen said of his hopes for Christmas Eve customers. “But a thing like this happens and you just don’t want to do anything anymore. It’s just sad.”

Nguyen says his store does not have security cameras. But there are exterior cameras in the strip mall that investigators hope may provide some clues.

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