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Heavily-Armed Gang Carry Out Smash-And-Grab Pawn Shop Raid In Houston Right Before Christmas

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Heavily-Armed Gang Carry Out Smash-And-Grab Pawn Shop Raid In Houston Right Before Christmas

Surveillance footage has shown the moment six armed men robbed a pawn shop in Houston earlier this month. Police said the men entered the Cash America Pawn at 4521 Almeda Road on December 5 at around 7 pm.Two men, armed with rifles, forced employees to the ground while the other men, some armed with hammers, began to break glass cases and take jewelry.

Police said the men appeared to be wearing heavy-duty gloves in order to avoid being cut while pulling things out of the broken cases. Police also said the men got away with several pieces of jewelry and a large sum of money. They left the scene in a black Cadillac SUV with a paper license plate.

Last month officials announced that charges have been filed against four suspects believed to be responsible for a series of robberies in the Houston area.

Houston police Chief Art Acevedo was joined by robbery detectives and officials from the Harris County District Attorney’s Office for a news conference about the case.

According to Acevedo, the suspects, LaCharles Craige, 18, Trenton Jackson, 21, Cameron Lucas, 17, and Marquis Clark, 21, are charged with aggravated robbery with a deadly weapon.

Craige is also charged with sexual assault, which police believe happened in at least two of the robberies.

They are believed to have broken into 20 homes and businesses in the Houston area over a two month period from June to August.  Crime Stoppers (713-222-8477) is offering up to a $5,000 reward on information leading to an arrest.

Crime Stoppers was the brainchild of a young Albuquerque detective who was concerned by the number of unsolved cases he and fellow detectives were working and was particularly frustrated that all possible leads had been exhausted regarding the murder of a young college student. He felt information that would solve the crime was available from someone other than the criminal. That principle led to the major factors that needed to be addressed so individuals would come forward.

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