KINGWOOD, Texas — It was a rough morning for residents in Kingwood where three businesses became the target of smash-and-grab robberies in less than 24 hours.
Houston investigators said three men driving a stolen vehicle early Tuesday morning drove through the front entrance of a First Stop convenience store.
The men attempted to steal the business’ ATM but when they tried to drive away the vehicle got stuck and the accused thieves left the on foot, officers said.
An hour later, police said the group used another stolen truck to plow through the entrance of a second First Stop convenience store located a few miles away. Investigators said the impact was so strong the truck was disabled and the crooks took off in a hurry.
We suspect the men may have bolted because the second store was located near the Houston Police Department substation.
Both convenience stores are owned by the same family, police said.
Investigators said the men also broke into a Sally Beauty Supply in the area.
Despite the thousands of dollars in destruction — smashed glass, bent metal — police said the men managed to escape with just a few cartons of cigarettes and beer.
Police are still working to confirm if all three break-ins are related and to catch those responsible before they strike again.