ODESSA - Copper continues to be a hot item for thieves and they're getting bolder. One guy stole some from a popular home improvement store in broad daylight.
That theft happened at the Lowes Home Improvement store off of 42nd Street and police are still searching for the thief who got away with nearly a thousand dollars worth of copper. All of his acts were caught on camera.
"The suspect goes into Lowes and he's like going on a shopping trip," Odessa Crime Stoppers Director, Susan Rogers, said.
In the surveillance video, you can see the suspect walking down the aisle where copper wire is being sold while dragging a trash can. He spots what he wants and reaches to the top shelf where 500 foot rolls of copper are placed. He takes three of them and places them inside the trash can. When it becomes a little too heavy for him to drag, he walks outside to fetch a shopping cart.
His getaway vehicle is a white pick up truck that was ready to go right outside of the store's doors. The suspect comes outside without paying and heaves those rolls of copper wire onto the bed of the truck and then quickly drives away.
"It's pretty brazen, you know, pretty brazen theft in the middle of the day," Rogers said.
Authorities say crooks are targeting more copper wire these days, because of its value when it's resold. Most of the thefts happen out in the oilfield and Rogers says this a first.
"The this is the first one I've seen when they actually went in and stole brand new copper. It's usually out on an oilfield lease. So I don't know if it's copper they were going to use or copper they were selling or what they were doing with it. It's the first time I've seen one like this," Rogers said.
Now police need your help to catch these brazen thieves.
"It's just not worth it. I mean why do something like that when people are hiring left and right. Just about any job you want these days," Rogers said.
If you have any information, you can remain anonymous by calling Odessa Crime Stoppers at 333-TIPS.