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HOUSTON - Some smash-and-grab crooks left empty-handed after causing thousands of dollars in damage at a southwest Houston jewelry store.

The store s owner tells KHOU 11 News it was around 5 a.m. Wednesday when his alarm company called and reported a break-in at his store, New Gehna Jewelers, in the 5900 block of Hillcroft.

No one was at the store when police arrived, however.

It appeared someone drove a pickup truck through the back office, smashing through furniture and walls in the process. All of the jewelry was locked in a safe, so the crooks left empty-handed before they were spotted.

Surveillance cameras may have captured the incident on video.

This isn t the first crime at the store, according to the owner. He said it was about three months ago on a Sunday afternoon when he was robbed at gunpoint.

The family recently came to America from Pakistan to build the jewelry business, he said.

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