Police: 4 in custody after 7 break into Spring Branch gun shop, lead police on chase

By Daniela Sternitzky-Di Napoli - Digital News Editor, Cathy Hernandez - Reporter

HOUSTON - Four people are in custody and three others are on the run after a burglary-turned-chase across north Houston.

According to authorities, the burglars broke into a gun store on Elmview Driver near Neuens Road in the Spring Branch area.

"The owner heard the alarm go off, apparently he lives pretty close," said Lt. Larry Crowson with the Houston Police Department. "He responded to the location, confronted several burglars that were at the location and held them at gunpoint."

When he arrived, he found several burglars in the store, so he confronted them and even held a couple of them at gunpoint, police said. 

According to authorities, when they arrived, five of the burglars fled on foot and two others took off in a truck. 

Two of the five who fled on foot were caught, police said. One of them was bitten by a K-9 officer and was taken to a hospital to be treated.

The two who drove off led police on a chase from the store in northwest Houston across north Houston, until finally coming to a stop near Wiley Road and Friendly Road in a neighborhood in northeast Houston, police said.

Both those men were taken into custody, authorities said.

Police said they found multiple stolen guns inside the vehicle.

Authorities are still looking for the three other burglars who fled on foot.

The identities and ages of the burglars have not yet been released. Authorities said the business owner was not injured.

"He's a little shaken up, of course having someone break in and have to confront them like that, but he's doing fine," said Crowson.

The store owner declined an interview but said he is glad some of the men were caught.

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