A group of thieves has been focusing their attention on a local Mexican market chain, attempting to knock over about 17 La Michoacana stores in the Houston area. Harris County Sheriff's Office investigators are looking for the public's help in identifying the suspected burglars, known as the "The Crawlers".
Three suspects have been repeatedly caught on video crawling on their stomachs as they make their way across the floor into store offices in an attempt to steal money. One of the videos taken Jan. 21 shows them inside a store at 1424 Spring Cypress Rd. in north Harris County.
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The Mexican carniceria, or meat market, caters to a Latino clientele with a focus on authentic Mexican produce and food. The company started in Houston and has over 100 stores in Texas, according to its website. Telemundo Houston reported that the chain deals with a high volume of cash. The burglars targeting the chain are finding out the safes aren't so easily cracked.
The group gained entry into the business by cutting a large hole in the side of the building, according to the Harris County Sheriff's Office. In one video, "The suspects can be seen in the management office area opening drawers. The suspects take a large amount of rolled coins," HCSO said. In another incident where the burglars couldn't get access to cash, they made off with lottery tickets.
Anyone with information about the suspects' identities and, or locations is urged to call crime stoppers at 713-222-TIPS.