By Kim Powell
ODESSA - Going door-to-door in a neighborhood can be exhausting, but that doesn't mean you should steal when the opportunity presents itself. Back in January, UPS dropped off package in the 2300 block of Bainbridge in a gated area of a home. So far, so good.
Then we see our suspect pull up in a white Chevrolet pickup with a headache rack, ready to give this homeowner a headache. And who might that homeowner be? None other than the battalion chief for Odessa Fire and Rescue.
"It looked like he backed up and turned in my drive and then he walked in the entry way with a clipboard looking like he was going to sell something," Kavin Tinney said.
You can see the man walk up in a dark-colored jacket and black pants carrying a clipboard, like he's ready to have you take a survey on how well your vacuum is working, because he's certainly not selling girl scout cookies.
He rings the doorbell and glances in the window. It only took him a few seconds to realize his work here was done.
"When nobody answers the door he reaches down and picks up the package that UPS left propped up against the door and just casually strolls back out and gets in his truck and leaves," Susan Rogers with Odessa Crime Stoppers said.
Tinney says the suspect, however, is probably not enjoying what he stole because it was simply a part to fix his broken crossbow.
"You couldn't use it or sell it because it's incomplete. It's just one part of a crossbow," Tinney said.
Of course, the suspect makes it easy on us and stares right into the camera.
"This is another real good example of citizens that take care of their own business. They've put these cameras out there for us, it serves a great purpose when it comes to a theft," Rogers said.
Just remember, when you think no one is watching, the cameras could be rolling.