HOUSTON Frantic moments were caught on camera as thieves stole a large amount of cash from an unsuspecting woman s car at a gas station in southwest Houston Friday.
The victim had just made a large cash withdrawal at Chase Bank before heading across the street to get some gas at the Citgo.
She was only inside the store for a minute and left her belongings locked in the car.
And my purse I leave here. I don t know why I was so stupid, she said.
The woman, who doesn t want to be identified, had just withdrawn $2,000 from the bank. Police said she was likely targeted because of the large transaction.
I just got the money. I just got the money to pay my friend, she said.
At the Citgo, a witness runs in to tell the employee what just happened. He said two men pulled up in a car and broke the victim s passenger side window, grabbed her purse and took off.
No, I didn t see nobody. I didn t know this, he said. I never thought it would happen because it s the daytime.
Over the last few years police has assigned special squads in areas where bank customers have been followed. The Heights had an issue with this crime a little more than a year ago.
I think the bank should do something, the victim said.
Police will review any video inside the bank.
The witness said the suspects were in a van and got the license plate. Police are now investigating.