Police: Game room robberies on the rise

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by Jeffery McShan / KHOU 11 News

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Posted on January 18, 2013 at 9:46 PM

HOUSTON -- Since April of 2012, Houston police say they have investigated more than 40 game room robberies.

Game rooms are prime targets because most of them operate illegally paying out cash to customers and sometimes because of the illegal gambling that goes unreported.

HPD's Major Offenders Division is investigating many of these robberies including two that occurred last October in the 1300 block of Bellaire. Investigators are hoping one of our viewers can help.

The department provided two surveillance videos from the two game room robberies.

At least three suspects were involved in the crimes.

They drove what appears to be a four-door Honda Civic with a bumper that had not been painted. The bumper sticks out and detectives want to know if you have seen this vehicle.

Over the past few years, many customers have not only been robbed, but assaulted. In some instances there were deaths.

Anyone with information about these robberies is urged to call Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS. There is a $5,000 reward available for information leading to arrests.

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