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Caught on camera: Couple rob North Houston cell phone store after debit card declined

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HOUSTON (CW39) “We can’t make this stuff up! That’s what robbery investigators said after a man and a woman robbed a cellphone store when their debit card was declined.

HPD and Crime Stoppers are asking for the public’s help in locating and identifying two robbery suspects.

On Saturday, May 1, 2021 at approximately 5:00 p.m., a man and woman entered a cell phone store, located at the 2800 block of Collingsworth in North Houston. They attempted to purchase a cell phone using a debit card which was declined, investigators said. They then left the store without a new cell phone. Around 6:00 p.m., the couple returned to the store. Investigators said the man seemed very agitated and insisted on getting “his money back”. He reached behind his belt, leading the employee to believe he might have a weapon, so the employee complied with the suspect and gave him the money from the cash drawer. The suspect then attempted to shake and then punch the employee before fleeing the scene, according to police. The suspects then left in an unknown direction.

Suspect #1: Black male, white shirt, camo shorts, bald white goatee.

Suspect #2: White woman, black jacket and blue shirt.

If you have any information about this case, call Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS.