By Kim Powell
ODESSA - It doesn't take a rocket scientist to steal something, but apparently it takes a rocket scientist to not get caught. Two guys walked into the Cash America Pawn in Odessa back in October.
The guy in the yellow shirt is applying for a loan to buy a computer--seems innocent enough. He even gives out his full name and all of his important information--you know, the stuff that would make it incredibly easy to arrest him. Then you see the guy in the orange shirt who claims to be his nephew. He sees a shiny new toy--in this case, a radar detector--laying on the counter and starts to play with it.
Boys will be boys. "You can see our suspect #2 in the orange shirt actually pick it up, look at it, and set it down," Susan Rogers with Odessa Crime Stoppers explained.
If you're going to steal a radar gun to not get caught speeding, you might as well steal a surveillance camera to not get caught stealing. Irony at it's finest, ladies and gentlemen.,
In the video, you can see the guy in the yellow shirt, who has been identified as Dave Douglas Crane, slide over to the other side of the counter and distract the clerk. That's when the guy in the orange shirt makes his move.
"And then he lays his head down on the counter like he's resting or something and slides it over into his pocket," Rogers said.
We can see him hunch over the counter and take a breather--stealing can be exhausting. Then he fist bumps his uncle and walks right out the door.
"Not a real slick move," Rogers said.
At first, Crane agreed to take a lie detector test to prove he's no thief, but he never showed up. Now, a warrant is out for his arrest.
"So basically what we're asking the public for is a location on Dave Douglas Crane so we can get him arrested, and we're asking for the identity of the suspect in the orange shirt," Rogers said.
If these criminals were as bright as their shirts, they probably wouldn't be, well, criminals.