Man Caught Stealing on Camera Not Arrested 8/15/13
CBS 7 News
August 15, 2013
Odessa, TX - It all started Monday night when a man walked into the store and spotted a cashier's purse behind the counter then took it. Odessa Police reviewed the store cameras and filed a report.
“It was a class B misdemeanor meaning it was under $500,” said Sgt. LaSueur a spokesman for The Odessa Police Department.
The next morning police were called back out to Dollar General. The man had struck again.
Police say employees gave a description: a man in his 30's with sandy hair wearing the exact same clothes as the day before: shorts, a blue stripe shirt, and brown shoes.
The chase began when the victim from the second burglary saw a man wearing the same outfit at the EZ Rider bus stop right in front of the store.
Police pull over the bus but the employee's description of hair color did not match.
“The victim on Tuesday could not positively identify the suspect from Tuesday,” LaSueur said, “She said the suspect’s hair was sandy blonde but this guy had black hair.”
Investigators say they searched the man on the bus but found nothing.
“The officers did mention that the clothing description was similar but the facial was not,” LaSueur said. He adds that after letting the man go the first victim follows him. Their confrontation started when he got off the bus at a nearby bank where another unit responds to a disturbance call.
The same man was asked for identification and this time the employees were asked to leave.
Sgt LaSueur explains when it comes to misdemeanor crimes officers take a different approach to arrests.
There is a time limit when reporting a theft under a certain dollar amount.
“The victim from Monday says this is him but that took place on Monday,” LaSueur said.
So is there a time limit on identifying a thief?
“In general and according to case-law it's typically a couple of hours afterwards but for something like this,” LaSueur said, “it didn't occur in their presence, he didn't confess to anything, he didn't have any property on him, so they had to let them go.”
Officers have the man’s identification and say that he is a suspect.
This is still an ongoing investigation. If you have any additional information on this crime you can call Odessa CrimeStoppers at 333- TIPS
Click here for the link to the initial story with the employees: