Suspects smash into gas station convenience store during robbery

HOUSTON - Owners of a north Houston convenience store are cleaning up after a group of thieves crashed into the store early Monday morning.

The smash-and-grab burglary happened at around 3:25 a.m. at a Texaco at Airline and Cavalcade. Furqan Hemani, the owner's son, said security alarms alerted the family to the break-in. When they arrived at the store, they saw the front of the business had been destroyed.

"The roof was hanging down, the lights were hanging down. The whole store was trashed," said Hemani.

Surveillance images show a truck backing into the store and then six men running into the business, their faces covered with bandannas. Once inside, the men unsuccessfully tried to steal the ATM. They were also unable to get to the cash register.

"I don't think they got away with much. Maybe a few items, but not anything else," said Hemani.

Hemani said one estimate put the cost of repairs upward of $20,000.

Houston police recovered a white truck believed to have been used in the crime at Louise and Studewood a short distance away. The suspects are still outstanding.

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