Vandals Cause Thousands of Dollars in Damage at Odessa Business

Vandals Cause Thousands of Dollars in Damage at Odessa Business

Zora Asberry
NewsWest 9

ODESSA - Gabe's Auto Sales experienced excessive damage after a case of late night vandalism. The windows in four vehicles were shattered and the interior of some vehicles were also significantly damaged. NewsWest 9 spoke to Gabe Jimenez, the owner of the company, as well as the Odessa Police Department to find out more about this crime.

"They particularly targeted a 2011 F-150 Limited, not only that, they vandalized and broke all the glass but they made their way inside to do some excessive damage to the interior. The other vehicles we had some damage done to were an Escalade, a van and also a F-150 here. Just pure vandalism, no theft," Jimenez said.

Odessa Police say that vandalism without theft isn't something that happens very often and that the two crimes are usually done simultaneously.

"It is rare for someone to specifically target specific vehicles and vandalize those and not vandalize any other vehicles around, especially when nothing is stolen out of the vehicle," Cpl. Steve LeSueur with the Odessa Police Department, said.

This isn't the first time Gabe's Auto Sales has experienced crime at their business, just not to this extent.

"Occasionally, we get our share of vandalism and thefts. Typically, we get a glass broken or we're missing a stereo, as far as that goes, it's just the norm. But this time, it just seemed like it took a little more time and effort to vandalize and not to steal, it's just pure hate, pure hate," Jimenez said.

The company has 24-hour surveillance but Jimenez said that there was a glitch in one of the cameras the night of the vandalism.

However, LeSueur says that it's important for businesses to make sure they have working surveillance equipment for times like these.

"Surveillance video is so important, especially for commercial businesses. It helps solve crimes, it helps the detectives with their investigation tremendously," LeSueur said.

For any other businesses who have experienced vandalism or theft, you're encouraged to call the Odessa Police Department or Odessa Crime-stoppers at 333-TIPS.