By Kim Powell
KERMIT - When life hands you lemons, make lemonade. When life hands you the chance to steal, it's best to just walk away--or in this case, hand over the money to the rightful owner. In surveillance footage from the Western Union inside the Lowe's in Kermit, you can see a woman in a red jacket and a big smile on her face walk up to the counter--she's our victim.
"She just sold her car, got $3,500 cash, she's going to wire the money to family members who need it and she steps up to the counter and starts filling out some paperwork," Susan Rogers with Odessa Crime Stoppers said. "In the meantime, our suspect walks up and starts doing the same thing, she's going to wire some money."
The woman in the lime green sweatshirt is our suspect, but we would never guess that after she chats it up with the victim and the clerk. A few minutes go by as the two are filling out paperwork. Then we see the woman in the red coat walk over with her hands full, that's when she accidentally drops the envelope full of cash on the ground. She then walks back over to the counter and our suspect spots the cash.
"In just a couple of seconds you see our suspect spot the envelope, reach down, and you actually see her pick up the envelope and put it in her pocket," Rogers said.
It doesn't end there. The victim realizes she lost the cash and starts to panic, understandably so. She and the clerk search all over, dumping out her purse and re-tracing her steps. And get this--the suspect even starts to help look as if she has no idea that it is stuffed in her pocket. The suspect bolts when the lady in the red coat asks to see the surveillance footage.
"The video is really clear, it's really good. She's got an unusual jacket on, I think someone will recognize that and you know, this is one of those that we really need to get turned in and get that information," Rogers said.
Just remember--it's not finders-keepers if the person who lost the money is standing right next to you. In that case, it's theft.