Being a sheriff's deputy can be a difficult job, so it's nice when the crooks give investigators all the help they can.
Take one of the guys who robbed a gas station in the 1700 block of Fry Road March 18.
As the two went inside about 10:30 that night, they made sure their heads -- one covered with a baseball hat and hoodie, the other with a hoodie only-- were pointed down at the floor.
That's no good -- investigators can't see their faces!! How are the robbers ever going to get themselves arrested that way?
Luckily, Hoodie Only was able to think on his feet.
At the 23-second mark we see the guy, just chillaxin' by the door as his buddy apparently finishes up the paperwork on the transaction, maybe gets his frequent-robber card validated for the visit, and then Hoodie Only sees the camera. And looks right into it.
HCSO investigators and Crime Stoppers -- and you can almost hear them giggling as they do it -- gleefully freeze-frame the action on the guy at this point.
And then -- no fool he -- Hoodie Only completely thwarts the entire investigation (in his mind, anyway), by the criminal-genius move of half-assedly rubbing his hand across his face, thus blocking it. (This would be the face that has already been freeze-framed in all its glory by deputies.)
The relevant info, then the video:
The first suspect is described as a black male, between the ages of 20-25 years, standing between 5'-8" and 5'10" tall, weighing approximately 200 to 210 pounds, with brown eyes and a goatee. At the time of the offense the suspect was wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, a black and gray ball cap and black shorts.
The second suspect is described as a black male, between the ages of 20-25 years, standing between 6'0" and 6'2" tall, weighing 170 to 180 pounds, with brown eyes and facial hair. At the time of the offense the suspect was wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt, baseball cap and black shorts.
Anyone with information about the identity of the suspects is asked to contact Crime Stoppers of Houston at 713-222-TIPS (8477).
Keep the Houston Press Free... Since we started the Houston Press, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Houston, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Houston with no paywalls.