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Robbers target Houston men in line to buy iPhone 5S

Updated 12:26 am, Saturday, September 21, 2013

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  • Eager Houstonians looking to purchase the new iPhone waited outside an AT&T store on Chimney Rock early Friday morning to secure a device. (Mayra Beltran / Houston Chronicle) Photo: Mayra Beltran, Houston Chronicle

    Eager Houstonians looking to purchase the new iPhone waited outside an AT&T store on Chimney Rock early Friday morning to secure a device. (Mayra Beltran / Houston Chronicle)

    Photo: Mayra Beltran, Houston Chronicle

 

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Two men were robbed early Friday morning as they waited in line to buy a new iPhone outside an AT&T store in west Houston.

The friends were robbed about 4 a.m. at 5661 Westheimer at Chimney Rock.

They said they were the only people outside the store when three men pulled up in a car. Two jumped out, rushed toward them, stuck guns in their faces and demanded their wallets and cellphones.

The thieves sped away in a dark-colored 1999 or 2000 Honda Accord. The men said they didn't get a look at the robbers.

"It's just happened so fast," one said. "I was looking at the barrel of a gun."

The men said they didn't want their names published or their photographs taken because the robbers have their driver's licences and personal information.

One said when he contacted his bank to report his debit card had been stolen, he was told it had just been used at a gasoline station.

Ethan Juengerman said he saw the two outside the store and planned to join them in line to buy the new iPhone. But he said since the men were the only people in line, he decided to go buy a cup coffee nearby and then return. When he came back a short time later, the men told him they had just been robbed.

"If I had stayed I would have been robbed, too," Juengerman said. "It's scary."

When the store opened and began selling the new iPhones, the men were given credit for the value of their phones that had been stolen.

They were smiling as they came outside with their new iPhones.

But one said the new phone not was worth being robbed at gunpoint.

"It wasn't worth it," he said. "But you don't expect that to happen."