A Beaumont Police Department spokesperson Friday said two men who forced their way into a west-end house and robbed a man may be targeting business owners.
The robbery happened shortly before 11 p.m. Thursday at a home located in the 7000 block of Limerick Drive.
The victim said two men forced their way into the back door of his house. One of the men held a handgun as the other man bound the homeowner's arms and feet. The men then demanded money. The homeowner directed them to cash and they took an undetermined amount and ran away. The homeowner was then able to phone police.
The victim was not physically injured during the robbery.
- The homeowner described the man with the gun as a black male, about twenty-five to thirty years of age, 5'04" tall, wearing a dark cap, sunglasses, and a blue bandana covering his face.
- The homeowner described the second man as a black male, in his mid twenty's to early thirty's, 5`11" tall, wearing a dark cap, sunglasses, and a red bandana over his face.
May not have been a random robbery
Detectives believe that this robbery was not a random event as the suspects appeared to have targeted this residence for robbery. The homeowner is a small business owner and detectives are working to determine if he was followed from his business to his residence.
Sgt. Rob Flores with the Beaumont Police Department said officers would like business owners to be aware that criminals may be looking for opportunities to rob and victimize other business owners in this manner. Flores said business owners should pay close attention to surroundings while leaving the business, and remain vigilant to spot any vehicle or people who may appear to be following you.
Sgt. Flores said it's best not to 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
How to give a tip to Crime Stoppers
Anyone with information about the robbery is asked to call Beaumont Crime Stoppers at 409-833-8477 (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. You may also leave a tip on-line by using the link on the left side of this page.