by Kim Powell
ODESSA - What is Christmas season without a couple of people ruining it for others? A stress-free one, that's what. Just before Thanksgiving, a UPS driver came to a house on Maple Street in Odessa to play Santa by delivering Christmas presents--no last minute shoppers here.
Instead of knocking, though, he simply placed the packages over the 2-foot-tall fence. "The house is on a pretty busy street. There's a fence around the house--about a 2-foot fence around the house," Susan Rogers with Odessa Crime Stoppers explained. "The UPS driver just places the packages over the fence and leaves them right by--I mean, it's literally the edge of the street."
Little did the delivery guy know, two grinches were driving around waiting to steal Christmas. You can see them drive by two or three times in their tan Ford truck before finally pulling over and taking advantage of the situation.
"Shortly after the delivery's been made, the pickup pulls up in front of the house. They back up right in front of it and then two Hispanic males get out and they go over to the fence and just basically reach over and take the packages," Rogers said.
Little did the thieves know, this house has a sweet surveillance system watching their every move. And it's one homeowner you don't want to mess with.
"Luckily I wasn't out there when the guys came up to the gate, otherwise I would tell them, 'look, those are my packages, you better get your fingers off my package.,'" Frank Fahlstrom said.
The victims had receipts of every item that was inside the stolen boxes, totaling to over $800 worth of Christmas presents.
UPS says Santa--I mean, the driver--was re-trained on their policy of not leaving packages out in plain sight. However, Odessa Crime Stoppers still need your help finding these package snatchers.
"You never know these days who's got a video set up and this is excellent video," Rogers said. "It's clear, you can see exactly what happened, middle of the day theft."
Just remember, thieves; if it looks too easy to steal, it's probably too easy to get caught.