by Kim Powell
ODESSA - No matter how many athletic brands you wear, it doesn't mean you're fast enough to get away. Especially if you are caught on camera at an electronics store with high quality video.
Back in September, a homeowner wrote a check out to his son for $1,000 but it never made it to its destination. The man put it in his mailbox at the end of his driveway, which is apparently where our suspect came along and stole it.
"Our victim was on his online banking a couple of days later, just working on his online banking and he realized the check number that he had written to his son had been used at Best Buy," Susan Rogers with Odessa Crime Stoppers, said.
In the surveillance footage, you can see the suspect pull up in his truck and park, sitting for awhile and second-guessing the crime at hand--like all the other criminals that NewsWest 9 feature on Caught on Camera seem to do.
Eventually, he works up enough courage to feed his video game addiction with a stolen check. He walks in wearing purple shorts and flip-flops--at least he's got style. Then we see him at the cash register with a PlayStation 4 and a game, not to mention he splurged for a bundle deal--we all love bundles.
He pretends to write on the check to make it look like it's his own. Smart, but not smart enough.
The check repeatedly bounces out of the machine as the suspect anxiously awaits. After three or four tries, he only spent $508 out of the $1,000 that the check was good for. Maybe he's planning to invest or saving the rest to go towards his bond.
"This could happen to literally anybody in town. I mean if you send a check through the mail, you could have been this victim," Rogers said.
So the next time you want to send someone a nice gift, just remember that there are criminals like this one out there trying to ruin it for the rest of us.