The Harris County Precinct One Constable’s Office is on the lookout for a Toyota Camry belonging to two men who robbed a man at gunpoint early Tuesday evening in the 1000 block of Del Norte and may be connected to nearly 12 other robberies around the area.
According to officials, deputies responded to the area just after 5 p.m. and spoke with the victim who said two Hispanic males in a vehicle held him up at gunpoint. The man said the vehicle drove up beside him as he stood near the roadway and the passenger, described as a Hispanic male in his mid-30’s, bald, with no facial hair or visible tattoos, displayed a semi-automatic pistol and demanded his wallet.
The man gave the passenger his wallet and the robbers drove off. The vehicle was last seen traveling southbound on Golf Street. The vehicle is described as a dark gray or silver Toyota Camry, with license plate FDX7827, and was reported as stolen from the Harris County Sheriff’s Office. The Houston Police Department advised this vehicle with the same description of the suspect was also involved in 12 robberies of individuals in and around the Heights area that same Tuesday in the 900 block of Hogan, 1062 West Donovan and the 3400 block of Ella Boulevard.
Jodi Silva with the Houston Police Department said the pair have been targeting landscapers and other yard workers and appear to speak Spanish well.
“They’re taking wallets, keys, cell phones and, in some cases, lawn equipment, too,” Silva said. In one incident, the robbers stole some leaf blowers. In some cases, the men were wearing bandannas over their faces.
Silva said residents should be cautious and, if confronted, hand over possessions to the robbers.
“Those are the types of things that can be replaced,” Silva said. “People should also take steps to limit the amount of cash they might be carrying.”