Thieves break into liquor store through hole in ceiling next door

By Mark Boyle - Reporter

HOUSTON - Two burglars broke into a southwest Houston dry-cleaning store through a hole in the ceiling to get to a liquor store next door.

Tanya Nguyen arrived shortly after 6 a.m. Tuesday to open her dry-cleaning business in the 2900 block of Walnut Bend Lane, but quickly realized the door was wide open and two men were inside.

Houston Police said the men cut power to the building and then broke inside the cleaners through a hole in the ceiling to get to the liquor store next door.

Nguyen told Local 2, "We saw the door unlocked and two Hispanic guys inside."

The men ransacked the the liquor store and were trying to collect as much as possible, according to witnesses. But what they didn't expect was a witness to show up and scare them off.

Carlos Alvarez works nearby and heard all the commotion.

"I ran over to see what happened and I saw two guys inside. They pushed the door in and kicked," Alvarez said.

Seconds later, the two suspects ran off without taking anything.

Both the dry cleaning business and liquor store have security cameras installed but because the power was cut, nothing was recorded.

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