Three Men Arrested in Connection With Dozens of Tailgate Thefts

Staff Report
NewsWest 9

ECTOR COUNTY - A stroke of luck, and an alert Sheriff's Deputy, helped Odessa Police crack dozens of cases of tailgate theft.

Justin Ismael Franco and Jamel Kadeem-Quincy Walker, along with a 16-year-old boy, were all arrested on Monday.

They were caught at a salvage yard by an Ector County Deputy trying to sell four tailgates.

Investigators later found out, they' stole them from vehicles at Odessa High School.

All three face charges ranging from engaging in criminal activity to felony theft.

Odessa Police say two other suspects were arrested back in November also for stealing tailgates.

But apparently, those arrests are not connected to these latest ones.