Masked gunmen rob T-Mobile store in NW Harris County, make off with $30k in devices

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Whenever I’ve written in the past about stores being robbed – whether they’re Apple or T-Mobile stores – it’s almost always been a case of smash and grab, in which nothing much is taken, and no one got hurt. I was taken aback then, when I read a report over at the Houston Chronicle detailing a robbery at a Harris County T-Mobile store at 11260 West FM 1960.

At 1:20pm local time on Wednesday, July 23, 2014, three masked gunmen stormed in to the T-Mobile store and walked out with 80 cellphones worth around $400 each.

The three men rushed in to the store, one of whom shouted at customers and staff to get down on the floor, with one of them pointing a gun at the people. They wore bandanas over portions of their faces, and during the incident struck staff and an elderly customer on their heads with the gun, injuring them in the process. Harris County deputies said the robbers made off with cash plus 80 smartphones worth around $30k in total.

Immediately after the robbery took place, the men sped off in a black ’02-’05 model Chevrolet Impala and were last seen driving westbound on West FM 1960.

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All three suspects were described as being black, in their late teens-early twenties and were between 5’10″-6′ tall. As noted by the Houston Chronicle:

One of the suspects wore a white T-shirt, black shorts, red Nike shoes, a white Detroit Pistons cap and a red bandana on his face. Another wore a white long-sleeve T-shirt, khaki shorts, white shoes, an Atlanta Falcons cap and a red bandana on his face. The third suspect wore a black hoodie, basketball shorts, white shoes, a white cap and a dark mask or bandana on his face.

Police are asking for anyone with any information to get in touch and call Crime Stoppers of Houston at 713 222-TIPS or submit a tip using the iWatchHarrisCounty phone app. If you do have any information, it would mean a lot to those who work in the store if you could report it.

Our thoughts are with those who were in the store at the time of the incident. We hope the staff and customers involved on the day recover quickly, both mentally and physically from the trauma of the robbery.

Source: Houston Chronicle 

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  • http://twitter.com/SParKlngCyaNide SparklingCyanide

    That’s terrible. :( I hope they find resolution and recover all that was stolen by those “men”. Also when caught, they need to pin their butts to the wall.

    • Cam Bunton

      Yeah, I cringed every time I typed the word “men” in that report.

      • Paul

        I believe everyone here would feel the same way.

  • JaswinderSinghJammu

    Why are people so stupid? Hope they get caught rot is prison

  • Singleweird

    youre disgusting.

  • Slim Shady

    Glad everyone made it out without life threatening injuries.

    Wonder how long it takes Tmobile to black-list the phones? If it takes a month to black-list the mobiles, the new owners who have the goods, are going to be upset when they the mobiles finally are blocked.

    • tony

      I can’t whitelist any and ev3ry Tmobile phone even Iphones

  • Slim Shady

    At my local Tmobile Corp store, there are peeps that go into the store and steal the dummy displays from the corded retractable security cable… O_o

    Anyone that work at Tmobile stores have a clue what they hope to get out of it? Maybe they are just practicing for the big heists?

    There is also another Tmobile Corp Store with dummy mobiles that has a full time armed security guard in the store at all times.

    • Adrayven

      Yes, they put photo’s on craigslist, put it up for fairly cheep, and sell them as the real thing…

      You’d be surprised how many people don’t check the hardware.. and once gone.. .. well..

      One person I read just was handed an Apple iPhone box, didn’t open it, then when she got home, it was just a wrapped Apple.

      • Papaya

        Reminds me of the time someone put up an ebay ad offering an xbox “box”. Apparently, more than one bidder didn’t read the description carefully and bid it up as though it was an actual xbox. Don’t know what actually happened at the end of the auction.

  • dontsh00tmesanta

    They will get caught when they try and activate those phones. Likewise whoever buys one and tries to activate then gets caught then snitches lol

  • sidekicker89

    I recently read an article about a T-Mobile robbery in Brooklyn. The man pistol whipped employees and customers. One employee that was pistol whipped was said to be pregnant. It’s really sad this happens. Shouldn’t it be harder to rob a cell phone store now that it’s 2014?! There’s gotta be better ways to protect the employees and merchandise.

    • Cam Bunton

      Ouch. That’s terrible. And yeah, there must be better ways, but at the same time you want to make it a welcome place for the 99% of people who aren’t crooks. I mean, I visited South Africa once, and you had to be buzzed in to a lot of the shops in some towns there. That wasn’t a positive experience.

      • mmunson

        At the local mall kiosk, any device over a certain amount was not sold. You just got express shipping to your home if approved for the device.

    • tony

      All that happens because the system does give chances to ppl with felony and sometime misdemeanor convictions. Blame the government

  • guest

    why is there a blank square in the article

  • coco05

    Very sad and upsetting. There used to be a cricket store in the a little further down that was always getting robbed, so the att store in the same shopping center hired a cop that has been there ever since. This is the second time this particular store gets robbed in the last 3 years. I think T-mo should consider doing something similar and this store is not even located in a “bad” part of town. I guess all these little thieves know its an easy target.

    • Trevnerdio

      It’s pretty bad around that part…

    • Eric

      Out in LA, some of our stores have armed guards. Surprised this one didn’t have a guard considering how bad of an area it sounds like.

  • TMOguy

    Those thief’s are so stupid. T-Mobile has the IMEI of every phone they stole, and all those IMEI’s will be blacklisted and rendered unusable immediately. The only way they are going to make money on the phones is to sell them internationally, but they will still have the T-Mobile brand all over them.

    • nuff_said

      your point, still valuable and more for overseas

    • JBrowne1012

      You don’t steal 80 phones to keep them you off load them as fast as you can the long they sit on them the more likely they will get caught.

  • robert

    The 1 in red is smart, looks like he is going for the cell phone cases…. cant have thousands of dollars worth of smartphones without cases and screen protection!

  • http://www.volkswagen.de/ Quailallstar

    Time to blacklist all those IMEI numbers :)

    • nuff_said

      still usable overseas. so pointless

      • JBrowne1012

        It’s funny how people think of the most clever things. Most criminals aren’t masterminds. The likeness of these phones going overseas is the same ratio as winning the lottery. More than likely like someone else said craigslist rather eBay actually…

  • jeremyvbk

    Sad but most of those phones are long Gone. Most likely sold International. People are getting desperate. Heard stories of People buying homeless peoples Identities just to get a phone on contract cheap, sell international , and never pay the bill. Depending on where, and what Phone, some phones can cost triple overseas for people to buy. Turning a $200 Iphone, into a few thousand overseas. Now they ran out of people to buyout, so Now they turn to Full out robbery.

  • Bud

    All those phones will be black listed, for the exception of samsung phones. You can change ime # on samsung phones.

    • Bud

      Imei sorry

  • scott

    The description of the suspects should really help find out who did it

  • notyourbusiness

    What the hell is wrong with people??? I hope they catch these guys.

  • Ex-Tmo now evil empire

    I used to work at that location not that long agoand still have a friend working over there…now i work at at&t and theres a lot of cell phones stores here un houston getting hit pretty hard. And always its the same description of the assholes who do it. Katrina change houston and not for the best..

    • jonathan3579

      I wish we never offered those people refuge. All of us Houston residents know of the trash that Katrina brought in. (Wouldn’t be surprised if these guys were from there…)

  • Trevnerdio

    The store nearest where my mom works… she always says she works at the “ghetto hospital”

  • Oliver Jackson

    This totally digust me.If they wanted phones that bad,they could’ve asked for a job application. It makes it hard for decent hard working brothers who will get profiled because of a couple of assholes who hurt people for phones…smh. But the truth is its not about ethnicity or nationality,it’s about right and wrong and this was clearly wrong.I call it like i see it. No need for racial bigotry on this post,it’s too much of that shit going around these day.
    I really hope they catch the bastards but the important thing ,no one was killed.Speaking from experience of being a victim of a robbery

  • T-mo Employee

    That guy in the black T-mobile employee shirt looks way too calm while a gun is being pointed to his co worker….His left hand under his chin it seems like, and his right hand in his lap, looking like he is bored.

  • ATT- employee

    They need to blacklist all those IMEI’s and the phones wont be any good to them or anyone else for that matter.

    • nuff_said

      wrong , unlock and send overseas……blacklist for US only.

      • MuthaFuckinStephen

        Dude theses are black folks. These devices will surely show up on Craigslist.

  • tony

    they not even the masterminds. Ppl believe what they see for the moment but not knowing the masterminds. Look at 9/11!

  • adam

    I think to mention a race is not PC

    • ChitChatCat

      I don’t think the race is a mystery if you look at the pictures. And it’s an important part of a physical description.

  • rep

    the t-mobile rep looks to calm. it could be a inside job.

  • ChitChatCat

    Scary stuff.

  • KlausWillSeeYouNow

    Really a shame. These types of thieves clearly aren’t stupid, though – you don’t hear of many robberies at Sprint stores. ;)

  • donnybee

    Guys come on, they’re in need of the money because their families are probably hungry or need asylum or something. Aren’t illegal things suddenly legal when someone needs food or shelter? Isn’t that what I heard on the news about illeg–oh wait, wrong article..

    Hmmmm

    • Yep

      The US supported dictators in Central America for decades after WWII. This led to poverty and civil war, which led many to flee the US during the 70′s and 80′s.
      Some immigrant children joined gangs for survival and protection from being bullied.

      In the 90′s many gang members were deported back to their home countries under the Clinton and Bush administrations. Those that were deported brought home the drug violence. This in turn has caused many families the flee the violence and poverty caused by US foreign policy which is manifested by the thousands of child migrants crossing the border today.

      But yeah, this is pretty much the same as two guys robbing a Tmobile store.

      Idiot.

  • Charles Ray

    Another reason to allow employees to carry a weapon if they are legally allowed.

  • Bryan

    Wow – a bigot and a homophobe. Houston may be on the decline, but please do not attack people based on their color or sexuality. Those comments really do not have any place here.

  • Oms

    Thank you, Brian! There is no need for bigotry in this blog or anywhere. Hanfeedback, if you don’t like the diversity in America, LEAVE!

  • Barnassey

    He didnt say anything that was bigoted to me.

  • thepanttherlady

    I never even saw the email come through with that comment. Deleted and in the trash where it belongs. :/

  • http://twitter.com/SParKlngCyaNide SparklingCyanide

    Well said. Sick and tired of People trying to tell other people how to live. Stay the Eff out of their business and if you don’t like it, keep your mouth shut to be respectful. You sure wouldn’t want anybody telling you how to live. Me and all my friends are VERY different, and I love that about us. Diversity is Life.

  • Allen Enriquez

    Well said SparklingCyanide!