Midland Police Investigating Several Smash and Grab Cases

Josh Navarro
NewsWest 9

MIDLAND- Midland Police are investigating a string of burglaries. It seems thieves are using large rocks to smash car windows, ransacking the vehicles then looking for women's purses. Police say these smash and grabs are happening in public parking lots that are mostly located in Downtown Midland and near or around Loop 250.

"They are just opportunists, showing up doing the damage, grabbing what they want and then running," Sergeant Ben Chavez with the Midland Police Department, said.

Imagine yourself coming back to your car and finding a big mess.

"They are specifically getting rocks, large rocks, large boulders and throwing them through windows of cars," Chavez said.

The damage is extensive, the windows are shattered and police say one victim had nearly $10,000 worth of damages.

"Not only was the window and the frame of the door damaged but it was also the interior of leather seats and damage was very costly," Chavez said.

The brazen crooks are committing their crimes in broad daylight and police say they're just solely after women's purses. Some of the times are ranging from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. One car was even smashed in a parking lot at a shopping center right off Wadley Avenue.

"We are seeing it happening all around the city but specifically downtown we had them, we had them hit around the Loop and we had them hit around center North Midland. They are choosing specific spots but the other thing they are choosing spots where it's business oriented," Chavez said.

Police are giving out a word of warning: Don't leave your possessions inside your car. If you have a purse, put it in your trunk or leave at home in a secured place. They also say not to put your purse under your seat or in the back.

Police have little to go by for a description, they only have a video which they say shows the type of car the suspect was driving.

"Smaller gray Mazda and that's all we have right now," Chavez said.

If you've seen this car or have any information that can help police crack this case, you're urged to call Midland Crime Stoppers 432-694-8477. They're offering up to a $1,000 in reward money for whoever leads them to an arrest.