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Caught On Tape: Woman Accused Of Credit Card Abuse

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Josh Navarro
NewsWest 9

ODESSA- Police are investigating a credit card abuse case and they're hoping you may help them out to crack the case. Crystal clear video shows a woman wanting get to gas at the Kent Kwik located the intersection of 6th Street and West County Road. The card didn't work and she left without paying and left the gas station a bit short at the end of the day.

Surveillance video shows a woman in red who entered the store wanting to prepay with a credit card. Seems normal right? Well, not exactly.

"The lady goes in and with a credit card, she probably gives a clerk some kind of story that the pump didn't work at the pump or something to that affect," Odessa Crime Stoppers Director, Susan Rogers, said. 

Rogers says the clerk tells the lady she'll have to leave the card as a prepayment hold. Video shows the lady walks out of the store, pumps $60 worth of gasoline and leaves. 

"The clerk goes to run the card and it comes back as an un-activated card. So, basically this is a credit card abuse case and it is a state jail felony," Rogers said. 

In the past month, NewsWest 9 been exclusively showing you video after video of people caught on camera committing crimes. While we're interviewing Rogers, she gets an important call about an arrest from a story NewsWest 9 aired last month. 

The man arrested is 44-year-old Matt Van Ness. Police believe he may have been the one who took two tablets from the GameStop off 42nd Street in Odessa. He faces theft of property charges, a state jail felony. 
Rogers said surveillance cameras are effective in catching crooks.

A remote control car stolen from Pepper Hobbies was also recently recovered. 
 
"We did get the car back right after we aired this. We've gotten a whole bunch of calls in, talking about they've found. A young gentleman actually purchased the car and that's how we found out where it was," Pepper Hobbies owner, Donald White, said. 

NewsWest 9 asked if putting his incident on CrimeStoppers helped. 

"Oh yeah! Without CrimeStoppers, I don't think we would have made it through this," White said. 

An arrest is still pending in that case.

Police are trying to identify the woman in this new case, using a card that was not hers. If you have any information that could lead police to an arrest, call Odessa Crime Stoppers at 333-TIPS.