2 stores targeted for ATMs by trucks crashing through windows


by Brad Woodard / KHOU 11 News


Posted on April 25, 2013 at 6:18 PM

Updated Thursday, Apr 25 at 6:20 PM

HOUSTON -- At least two drive through break-ins were caught on camera early Thursday morning.

At a convenience store located near Sam Houston Parkway and Antoine Drive in northwest Houston, the world was turned upside down by a couple of would be burglars in search of easy money.

It was 4 o’clock Thursday morning. The store was open for business and customers were coming and going.

Surveillance video showed the storefront explode as a white pickup truck crashed through the front window. Two suspects emerge and briefly tried to lift the ATM, but give up after a few attempts.

The store’s owner said he still feels vulnerable and asked not to be identified.

“When you’re in this kind of business, it’s a dangerous business,” he said. “It doesn’t matter where you are.”

Down the road and about 30 minutes earlier, a Chevron Food Mart was hit by a truck fitting the same description.

Houston police say there have been roughly four or five “smash and grabs” in as many days.

“There’s a better way to make money,” said customer Cyntia Lemonia. “It’s called getting a job. That’s a better way to make money.”

Police said the suspects involved in this week’s rash of smash and grabs did not get away with any money.