Caught on Camera: Burglars break in to Schlotzky's Deli

Caught on Camera: Burglars break in to Schlotzky's Deli

by Kim Powell

NewsWest 9 

ODESSA - The Schlotzky's Deli in Odessa was broken into back in April. However, the burglars weren't toting any firearms, but instead, bright, neon gloves.

The two break in through the back, and they were caught on camera kicking in the office door in an attempt to steal the lock box. The two enter, and one of their face masks falls off, something Susan Rogers with Odessa Crime Stoppers says is like striking gold.

"Something that's so funny in this is, you know we watch these videos over and over--these surveillance videos--and you always just hope one of them drops their hat or their mask falls down or something. And in this case it actually did, and you can see him fumbling around trying to grab that shirt and trying to get it back up over his face. But it's too late," said Rogers.

Kicking in the door not only caused the room to rattle but it also set off the alarms, which startled the two. So the duo took off--with nothing.

However, a burglary of a building is considered a state felony.

"Facing a felony for doing something stupid," said Rogers.

Rogers is hoping that by releasing the video, someone will recognize these neon glove-wearing would-be robbers.

"The one shot of them is from the back, but we've had a lot of people be able to identify people by their stature and their size and their clothing," said Rogers. "Look at these guys' gloves, their unusual glove that they have on."

"Schlotzky's Deli did not want to comment on the case, but Rogers is happy that more and more businesses are putting up surveillance cameras.

"In this day and time, it's really kind of stupid to try and burglarize those buildings and stuff like that because you know, we're catching them left and right based on video evidence," said Rogers.

If you think you recognize these men, please call Odessa Crime Stoppers at 333-TIPS, and you may get a cash reward.