Houston Police say they’re after some brazen thieves who targeted an LGBTQ+ bar and popular restaurant early Monday morning. Both locations, a few blocks a part, and incidents two hours a part.
The thieves were described by Houston Police as ‘two black males’, that shattered the front door of The Ripcord; located in the 700 block of Fairview St at 6:07AM according to the clubs camera systems.
“They broke the front glass door to gain entry to the bar,” bar owner Brad Spratt told About News. “They attempted to open the register cash drawers, then smashed them. They kicked in our office door…” Spratt explained.
Houston Police Department spokeswoman Jodi Silva explained the suspects “attempted to load a safe into their late model white suburban. A witness on a bike witnessed the break in and was able to call HPD.” The suspects traveled down Hyde Park Blvd heading eastbound.
Houston Police arrived to find the club’s safe left in the middle of Crocker St. The robbers were not able to load the safe, nor gain access to it. “HPD does have video surveillance, and are reviewing it…” Silva added.
In another incident in the 2600 block of Grant St, just a few blocks away from the Ripcord, Baba Yegas restaurant became the victim of an attempted break in. Houston Police are not ruling out the two cases are connected.
“The front door had been smashed, and the glass was broken,” Silva stated. “The manager arrived and found the damage. There appears to be no evidence that anyone entered the location. But again we do have video surveillance and are reviewing it.” HPD is calling this criminal mischief.