Caught On Camera: Woman Takes Cell Phone at Bealls in Odessa

Caught On Camera: Woman Takes Cell Phone at Bealls in Odessa

by Kim Powell
NewsWest 9

ODESSA - Sometimes the most unsuspecting people are the ones who commit the crimes and sometimes not all grandmas are nice and sweet.

Another crime of opportunity has been busted on surveillance cameras. This time it happened at Bealls on West County Road and the suspect isn't who you'd expect it to be.

Back in July, a customer who had her hands full at the register, set down her phone on the counter, but unfortunately forgot to pick it back up. Hey, it happens to the best of us.

"A few minutes later, it wasn't even very long after that, she went back into the store to see if someone had turned her cell phone in to management or something like that or to one of the clerks and it had not been turned in," Susan Rogers with Odessa Crime Stoppers, said.

But a few minutes is all one granny needed to walk up to the counter and find her shiny new toy. After all, you have to upgrade from a flip phone at some point.

You can see in the video that she looks back and forth to see if someone was looking, and when the coast was clear, she slid that Class A misdemeanor right into her red purse.

Apparently, she had some calls to make, but back in my day, we had to work for our smart phones.

"She had every opportunity to hand the phone over to the clerk, she had opportunities to take it back to the store and it's never been turned in," Rogers said.

Instead of admitting that she found the phone, she handed over a bag to the cashier and went about shopping.

"We talk about it all the time, it's one of those opportunities that presented itself and someone took advantage of it," Rogers said.

So somewhere out there, this granny is taking selfies on someone else's smart phone.

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