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Police asking for information about reported robbery
Beaumont police are asking the public for information about a reported robbery that patrol officers responded to at about 10:50 p.m. Thursday in the 7000 block of Limerick.
The homeowner said that two men forced their way into the back door of his house, one of them brandishing a handgun while the other bound the homeowner's arms and feet, said Sgt. Rob Flores, Jr., with the Beaumont Police Department.
After the men demanded money the homeowner directed them to cash and they took and undetermined amount and then fled the house, Flores said.
The home owner was then then able to call police. He was not physically injured during the reported robbery.
The man with the gun was described as a black male, about 25 years old to 30 yeras old, 5' 4", wearing a dark cap, sunglasses, and a red bandana over his face, Flores said.
Meanwhile, the second man was described as a black male in his mid-20s to early-30s, 5' 11", wearing a dark cap, sunglasses, and a blue bandana over his face, Flores said.
Detectives believe the robbery was not a random event since the suspects seem to have targed this residence for robbery, Flores said.
The homeowner is a small business owner and detectives are working to determine if he was followed from his business to his residence, Flores said.
"We would like business owners to be aware that criminals may be looking for opportunities to rob and victimize other business owners in this manner. Please pay close attention to your surroundings as you are leaving your place of business at closing time. Also, remain vigilant to spot any vehicle or people who may appear to be following you. Do not develop a routine or route of travel going to and from your place of business. If possible, make bank deposits during the daytime and in pairs. If you are unable to make deposits of daily receipts, try to place them in a sturdy, fireproof safe at your place of business until you can deposit them the next day," Flores said.
Anyone with information about the robbery can call Crime Stoppers at 409-833-TIPS. If your anonymous information leads to the arrest of these suspects, you may be eligible for a cash reward of up to $1,000.