By Kim Powell
ODESSA - You won't be featured on a Caught on Camera segment if you pay for your things, unless of course you pay for them with stolen credit card information. That's what one man and his accomplice did back in September at the GCR in Odessa.
"We don't really know how the credit card numbers were obtained. There was no stolen purse, no break in of a vehicle or something like that, they were just able to obtain the numbers," Susan Rogers with Odessa Crime Stoppers said.
One of the suspects ordered 16 tires over the phone, but not before trying to use four credit card numbers before one worked. To this guy, stealing is apparently a lot like playing bingo.
As it turns out, the card information that he used actually belongs to an out-of-state law enforcement officer. If anyone knows how to commit a crime, it's this guy.
"The company had already figured out what was going on and had been contacted by the victim of the first purchase...so we tried to play along and do the deal that we could be there but they never showed up to pick up his second set of tires," Rogers said.
You can see the two pull into the parking lot with a U-Haul. One of the suspects then moseys his way into the office to complete his purchase. He sits at the counter right in front of a camera, shooting a breeze with the clerk. He's all smiles--for now.
"The video is not that great but this guy's got some distinctive features about him," Rogers said. "The way he walks, the shape of his head--he's got a little bald spot on the back of his head."
The two burned rubber in their U-Haul with $7,600 worth of tires. Odessa Crime Stoppers are hoping someone recognizes him in the surveillance video in hopes of retiring him from thefts. After he's turned in, he won't be having a good year.