Odessa Police Searching For Pair of Coin Crooks

Josh Navarro
NewsWest 9

ODESSA- Police are searching for a pair of coin crooks who targeted a laundromat inside an Odessa apartment complex. In this case, the thieves made it easier for the cops.

The pair got away with less than $100 in quarters leaving behind $500 worth in damages and their acts were all caught on tape.

On the night of January 12, two guys were in need of some money, so they went to Sweetbriar Apartment complex located off the 900 block of Bernice Street in Odessa. Their laundry rooms there at the time were open late for tenants, however, the duo's mission wasn't to wash clothes.

"These two guys went in, they actually turn the light on and helps us out to be able to see them a little bit better and they brought their own tools with them and start to burglarize those machines," Susan Rogers with Odessa Crime Stoppers, said.

They started to break the locks with bolt cutters and another type of tool. Within minutes, one of them turns off the lights and checks outside to see if the coast is still clear. It was and he shut the door, locked it and then turns the lights back on. But he apparently is starting to get the sense that someone is watching. He stops and looks directly at the camera, ignores it and carries on.

That man has been identified by police as 21-year-old John McClellan.

"We have a warrant for him right now. Don't know where he is so we would like information if anybody knows where he's at. The other young man, we have not identified yet," Rogers said.

Rogers says surveillance cameras are very crucial to have in any establishment.

"That helps us solve so many things because if you see them caught in the act of the crime, it's hard for them to deny that they did it," Rogers said.

Back to the video, the duo continues to break into the machines and collects their coins. The guy in the black jacket pointing out they're being seen while the other attempts to disable the camera and leaves.

Rogers says if it wasn't for those cameras rolling, they wouldn't have been able to ID the crooks. The apartment complex has fixed what was broken and now they shut the doors at that laundry room by 10 p.m. every night.

If you have any information on the two individuals, you can remain anonymous by calling Odessa Crime Stoppers at 333-TIPS.

They both will be facing burglary of coin OP machine charges, which is a class A misdemeanor. They'll also be facing a fine, jail time and restitution for the damages.