Caught on Camera: Purse Snatcher Inside Store 8/14/13
CBS 7 News
August 14, 2013
Odessa, TX - In a recording from surveillance cameras in an Odessa Dollar General a man with short dark hair, brown shoes, camouflage shorts and a blue stripe shirt takes a purse from behind the check out counter then walks away a few hours later after an employee shift change he did it again.
“He looked like he was in his early 30s,” said Salina Rogers who was one of the victims, she says the surveillance video shows the man in the store for nine minutes before making his getaway, yet no one noticed.
“He had a big purse,” Rogers said, “You know how we carry those big purses it was white with red hearts. He walked around the store and took cash and valuables and left the purse there.”
The employees including the store's manager say after talking with police at the store they saw a man wearing the exact same outfit at an EZ Rider Bus-stop in front of the store parking lot.
They follow and catch up with him at a nearby bank.
“We’re going to take the law in our own hands,” said an employee in a recording the manager took on his phone. The manager continued to ask for their things back but the man denies everything.”
The recording shows the Odessa Police showing up but according to the employees officers did not make an arrest because there was not enough evidence.
The employees were forced to leave but Rogers says they are still hoping the man is arrested.
“If you're smart enough to have tactics to go steal then fill out a form and get a job,” she said.
The Odessa Police Department spokesperson says they are in the process of pulling up the police report to this incident before making a statement.
You can call Odessa CrimeStoppers if you have any information to this crime that number is 432-333-TIPS.