Caught on Camera: Suspects dressed as employees rob southwest Houston grocery store

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HOUSTON — Houston police are asking for the public’s help in identifying two suspects wanted in the robbery of an HEB store May 21.

According to police, both suspects, dressed as H-E-B employees, entered the grocery store at 5417 South Braeswood about 10:35 p.m.

The suspects managed to enter the main office after another employee mistook them for actual workers. One suspect threatened the employee with a pistol and then assaulted him, while the other suspect took money from the safe and the victim’s cell phone.

“It’s hard not to take it a little personal because the lady (is) not doing anything wrong. She’s completely compliant with these suspects, but they continue to beat her,”  an investigator said Thursday during a HPD press conference.”

Investigators said the victim was bruised and cut during the attack.

Police suggested the alleged robbers were able to infiltrate the store under the guise of the H-E-B uniform.

“[The suspects] knew exactly where they were going; they walked right into the H-E-B,” an investigators said. “Other employees, not knowing (or) may no recognizing them, [thought] maybe they were night stockers. They were there to work the night shift.”

The suspects are thought to be between 20 and 25 years of age, about 5 feet 7 inches tall and weighing about 140 pounds. Both wore red H-E-B hoodies and red baseball caps. One suspect wore red Adidas shoes and the other had braids.

Both suspects then fled the scene in an unknown direction.

Police have not released the exact amount that was taken but said it was a large sum of money.

Anyone with information in this case is urged to contact the HPD Robbery Division at 713-308-0700 or Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS.