Odessa Homeowner Catches Would-Be Burglar on Camera

Odessa Homeowner Catches Would-Be Burglar on Camera

By Geena Martinez
NewsWest 9

ODESSA - An Odessa neighborhood is keeping a close eye after a would-be burglar was caught on camera.

"It feels like someone is invading your privacy, like someone's breaking into your house," the homeowner, who we'll call Joe, said. "Somebody was checking at the cars, trying to see if any of the cars were unlocked."

"Joe" lives in the 6400 block of Piedmont and said they woke up unexpectedly early Saturday morning.

"My son-in-law's truck was parked outside, the alarm went off," Joe said.

They didn't think much of it but decided to check the surveillance video the next day, just in case.

"You can see in the video he's very calm," Joe said. "I mean it's not like he's hiding or anything. I don't know if the guy was drugged, stoned."

Once the alarm went off, the would-be burglar took off running but he didn't stay away for long.

"45 minutes later, we checked the camera and he's walking down the street," Joe said.

Joe said up until recently, the neighborhood was always a quiet one.

"There had been a break in at our neighbor's house about a month ago," he said. "Several up the street, some of our friend's neighbors, they did mention that they've had (incidents) for the past six months."

Odessa Police said they have seen a slight increase in home and auto-burglaries but nothing major.

Still, Odessa Police say crime can happen anytime, anywhere, so they're reminding the public it is preventable.

"We wanna encourage leaving it (your vehicle) parked in a well-lit area, make sure all the doors are left locked," Cpl. Steve LeSueur, said. "If you can, get an alarm."

As for Joe, he's hoping the video will encourage others to be vigilant.

"Now we just have to be more conscious of what's going on, things are changing," he said.