HOUSTON – Houston police have arrested three juveniles in connection with a robbery at an adult novelty store in north Houston.
The suspects, ages 16, 15 and 15, were referred to Harris County Juvenile Probation authorities on charges of aggravated robbery with a deadly weapon.
Surveillance video of the robbery, which happened at 3:10 a.m. on April 13, showed the teens shooting wildly throughout the Katz Boutique located at 9820 North Freeway service road.
"I have to say that in the seven years that I've been investigating robberies, these are by far some of the clumsiest crooks that I've seen in a long time," said Jeff Brieden, with the Houston Police Department.
The 16-year-old suspect was armed with a rifle, while one of the 15-year-old suspects had a revolver. During the robbery, the suspect with the revolver apparently bumped into the suspect with the rifle, causing the rifle to discharge, police said.
"The 16-year-old admitted that he was not familiar with weapons and kept his finger on the trigger during the robbery. The 16-year-old stated he accidentally pulled the trigger, which then spooked him, as well as the other suspects, and they then started firing their weapons throughout the business," Brieden said.
The video shows the suspect with the rifle shooting through a mannequin and the store's front glass door before all three of the boys ran away. Police said a dozen rounds were discharged.
No customers were inside at the time. Two workers hid and were not harmed.
Police said they cracked the case after receiving information from the Aldine Independent School District about the 16-year-old boy bragging about the robbery and conducting Internet searches about it at school.