HCSO: Cellphone store robbers lock employee in office

Published On: Oct 10 2012 11:14:01 AM CDT
Updated On: Oct 10 2012 06:45:09 PM CDT

Oct. 10, 2012: An employee is locked in an office after two robbers fail to get money out of a cellphone store's safe, investigators say. Photojournalist Damon Sales reports.

HOUSTON -

Deputies are searching for two men who robbed a north Houston cellphone store.

Harris County sheriff's deputies said the hold-up happened at the AT&T store in the 10700 block of the North Freeway near Green's Landing about 8:30 a.m.

The robbers demanded an employee open a safe, investigators said. The employee told the robbers that she couldn't open the safe because it was on a time lock. The robbers got frustrated and walked out of the office, investigators said.

When the thieves walked out of the office where the safe was kept, the door to the office automatically locked, trapping the employee inside, detectives said.

The men took a cellphone from a display case and left, officials said. They got away in a four-door car driven by a third person, investigators said.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS.

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