Odessa Man Facing Federal Charges for Allegedly Stealing Guns

Staff Report
NewsWest 9

ODESSA - Federal charges for an Odessa man accused of stealing guns from a gun store.

According to the United States Attorney's Office, 24-year-old Jacob Thomas Ortiz, an employee of Tejas Shooting Sports, was taking the guns for a year and a half.

This all started in March of 2008 with an internal investigation by Tejas.

They say Ortiz was using his employee code to buy the guns for literally pennies on the dollar, like an AK-47 valued at more than $500 for $5.97.

Later, authorities say they found ammunition and weapons at Ortiz's home, including two of the guns he got in sham purchases.

If he's convicted, Ortiz faces up to 10 years in prison and a fine of $250,000.