String of Burglaries in Odessa by a Man Claiming to Do Yard Work

String of Burglaries in Odessa by a Man Claiming to Do Yard Work

Zora Asberry
NewsWest 9

ODESSA - A string of burglaries occurred in an Odessa neighborhood by a man claiming to do yard work. But, instead of doing the work he ended up breaking into multiple homes and stealing things.

Twenty year old Andres Perez Jr. was detained by police on a second degree felony of "Burglary of Habitation".

One of the victims of the burglary, Eduardo Sosa, said, "He was looking for some extra cash and needed to do some side work which I needed done. I let him do a little bit, paid him, and I left. When I came back I had noticed he broken into the house."

Perez targeted multiple homes in the area, but many neighbors declined the help except for three. The other two victims were Anita Ramirez and Bryony Hinojos who live just blocks away from the first victim.

Steve LeSueur of the Odessa Police Department said, "We noticed consistencies with the other two, so we had a total of three burglaries all within a close proximity, and in all three cases, the person made entry and took jewelry and electronics, and all three victims listed Andres Perez Jr. as a suspect."

The City of Odessa requires all landscapers to have a permit, but instead, Perez showed his I.D.

"He gave me his picture i.d. because he wanted some cash in advance, which I didn't give him, but I did take a picture of his i.d.," Sosa said.

After his crime spree in Odessa, Perez made his way to Dallas where his mother lives, and broke into another home.

"Investigation revealed that on February 8th, Perez was taken into custody by Dallas Police Department for "Burglary of Habitation", a second degree felony, because he had broken into some bodies house in Dallas," LeSueur said.

The Odessa Police Department is now working with the Dallas Police Department to charge Perez on all four counts of "Burglary of Habitation".

"Everybody should keep track of all their expensive items in their house, and always write down the serial numbers of all of your belongings including jewelry and electronics. That way, in case you do become the victim of burglary, it makes it much easier for detectives to track those items," LeSueur said.

If you live in the Odessa area and you've noticed suspicious activity, or if you've been burglarized, you should contact the Odessa Police Department at 432-333-3641.