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Robbers ram truck into Heights store

Dale Lezo, Houston Chronicle
Updated 3:51 pm, Friday, February 8, 2013

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  • Would-be robbers send clerks scrambling at the Kroger on 20th and Yale early Friday morning. (Cody Duty / Houston Chronicle) Photo: .

    Would-be robbers send clerks scrambling at the Kroger on 20th and Yale early Friday morning. (Cody Duty / Houston Chronicle)

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Would-be thieves apparently left empty-handed after they rammed a pickup truck into a grocery store in the Heights early Friday morning, startling workers and leaving a gaping hole in the wall.

The robbers smashed through the glass windows at the front of the Kroger on 20th at Yale about 4:30 a.m., according to the Houston Police Department.

The store was closed at the time, but workers were stocking shelves to get ready to open later in the morning. They heard the crash and saw two masked men inside the truck.

Police said the men sped away after the using the pickup as a battering ram. Investigators said it appeared the men were trying to snatch money from the store's ATM. The crumbled, battered money machine was lying on the floor near where the truck stopped several feet inside the store.

Police found the truck abandoned a few blocks away in the 500 block of 22nd Street, but the suspects were not inside.

No injuries were reported.

Officials with the Kroger store declined to discuss the incident. Work crews were busy repairing the damage a few hours later. And a sign on the door said the store was closed.

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