Authorities in Houston, Texas are searching for three men who were caught on camera robbing a liquor store and fleeing with a cheap decoy bottle they believed to be real.
The incident happened on the afternoon of May 23, when the Houston Police Department said three unidentified black men entered a liquor store and crowded around a locked display case containing alcohol, KRIV-TV reported.
The men then reportedly asked for a $4,200 bottle that was in the suitcase, and a store employee came over and unlocked the suitcase.
One of the men then snatched the bottle while another of the men grabbed another box of the same liquor.
The store says the box the man dropped before leaving was empty and the bottle that was taken was a decoy bottle that was worth well under $4,200.
The three men are still at large.
According to authorities, one of the suspects wore a white sweater, black shorts, a white cap and white shoes. The second suspect was wearing a black Nike sweater, dark shorts and blue shoes.
The third suspect had a visible goatee and was wearing a black jacket with blue jeans.
A cash reward of up to $5,000 is offered by Crime Stoppers of Houston for any information leading to an arrest.
https://nypost.com/2022/06/12/houston-men-steal-4200-liquor-bottle-that-turns-out-to-be-cheap-decoy/ Houston men steal a $4,200 liquor bottle that turns out to be cheap bait