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CAUGHT ON TAPE: Surveillance Video Records Beer Theft in Odessa

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Josh Navarro
NewsWest 9

ODESSA - How far would you go to get what you want? For some people, they'll do whatever it takes, even if that means breaking the law. That's what one person did and now Odessa Police are looking for him.

It's lights out at the Stripes convenience store off of the 300 block of South Grant. A person is seen by surveillance cameras on the outside of the store is wanting something inside. The store is locked up and the only way the person was going to get in was by kicking the sturdy glass door.

"The glass is quite sturdier or the guy is quite weak, I don't know which one it is, but he's trying to kick it out and doesn't get it kicked out. But he's determined," Odessa Crime Stoppers Director, Susan Rogers, said.

Determined enough that he walks away for about five minutes and authorities say the person comes back with a rock and beats the door. Moments after, the person's mission is accomplished and then suspect crawls through the broken glass to steal.

"A couple packs of beer and he's out the door," Rogers said.

Shortly after, the cops show up and start investigating the incident. But since the break in happened in the early hours in the morning, no one saw what happened except the surveillance cameras.

"When you get caught on video, we're going to put it out there. It doesn't matter if you cover your face up or what you do. The mannerisms you use and the different things you do are signs of who you are and somebody always knows who you are," Rogers said. "These convenience stores are tired of this. Everybody is tired of the stealing, they're going to press charges."

Investigators can't make out a face from the video. They hope someone recognizes a distinctive design on the jacket to make an arrest.

"The sad thing about this is, that's a state jail felony. It's a burglary of a building, all for two packs of beer. He did $1,000 worth of damage to the window," Rogers said.

If you have any information on who the person is, you can give Odessa CrimeStoppers a call at (432) 333-TIPS. Remember, you will remain anonymous and you may be eligible for a reward.