HOUSTON -- A north Houston convenience store has been hit a fourth time, in the last year, but the owner says this latest break-in is financially devastating.
The thieves didn t take anything from Sam s Grocery on Lee Road, but left an estimated $50,000 in damage after ramming a white, Ford truck into the side of the building.
We really feel bad [about this], the store s owner Mike Hussain said. We work 12 to 13 hours a day.
Hussain said he has a dozen security cameras in and around the property, but that the wreck crushed the DVR that records the video.
He was celebrating the Muslim holiday Ramadan with his family at a mosque, when police called him to his store around 3 a.m. Friday.
He said he believes they were targeting the ATM in the store. Instead, the thieves destroyed a back office.
Hussain said the crash has damaged the foundation, and left gaping holes in the roof.
If we have heavy rain, it s a big problem, he said.
After past break-ins, Hussain has had to re-patch walls, buy a new breaker box and electrical system, and replace a safe.
He said he wants the bad guys to back off.
If you work, you ll make money, Hussain said. This is not the way to make money.
For now, the store remains open. But if there are major changes to the structure, Hussain said he will have to close the store down, which will essentially cost him more business.