Owner: Thieves target store twice in less than a week

Minute Shop convenience store targeted on Greenridge Drive

HOUSTON - Thieves targeted a southwest Houston convenience store twice in less than a week, according to the shop owner.

For nearly a decade, Fowzie Idris has been the owner of the Minute Stop convenience store in the 2800 block of Greenridge Drive.

Idris said he now feels helpless since thieves keep stealing from his store. The most recent crime happened Friday around 9:30 pm.

Surveillance video showed the robber in a yellow and black hoodie at the counter, waiting as a store clerk rings up the suspect's items.

The robber pulled out his own cash, and appeared ready to pay, but as the clerk opened the register, the thief's act changes. The video shows the suspect pulling out a gun, pointing it at the employee and demanding all of the money in the register.

When the clerk didn't move fast enough, the suspect grabbed the money himself, took the bags of food and walked out of the store.

Just six days earlier, on a Saturday, Idris said a burglar broke the lock on a vacant shop next door to his store.

The suspect then busted through a common wall to steal from The Minute Stop. Idris said the thief got away with cash, cigarettes and more. But Idris said the damage goes a lot further, since he knows the thieves are still free to strike again.

"At the end, the most valuable thing is the human being, and my customers that have been here for more than nine years that I have a relationship with," said Idris. "The employees and myself that is in danger at this point in time. That's what's really frustrating."

If you know anything about these crimes, you're asked to call Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS (8477).

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