Odessa Residents Catch Group of Thieves on Camera

Odessa Residents Catch Group of Thieves on Camera

By Zora Asberry
NewsWest 9

ODESSA - A group of thieves went on a crime spree in Odessa Sunday night trying to break into cars. Luckily, several neighbors had surveillance cameras to catch them in the act.

Odessa resident, Castle Christopher set up security cameras after he got robbed two weeks ago. Neighbors that live on San Jacinto and 44th Street say that the robbers came back again Sunday checking for unlocked cars, but this time the residents caught it all on camera.

"I started hearing doors shutting outside so I got up and looked out of the peephole and I didn't see anything. I looked back at my camera screen couldn't see anything there. Then I looked back out the peephole and kept switching the light on and off hoping I'd scare somebody out," said Christopher.

Little did Christopher know, one of the suspects was hiding behind his trailer just out of view. But Christopher wasn't the only victim, neighbors say the suspects attempted to rob the whole block.

Robbery victim, Marianne Pashcal, said,  "I noticed that my console was open and my back seat was pushed down like somebody had gone through it all."

"My neighbors came over telling me they were robbed then we started looking back on the TV screen and there was four or five of them walking around the neighborhood," said Christopher.

Christopher immediately took to social media posting surveillance screenshots on the Ector County Trading Post and got a multiple responses from Odessans claiming to know the suspects.

"They took pictures off of their surveillance video and then posted it on Facebook and had comments on two names of who they thought the people were," said Pashcal.

"Social media is the best way to get the word out there, and come to find out, these people have a lot of enemies," said Christopher.

One of the alleged suspects commented on the post made by Christopher but later deactivated his Facebook account.

If you have any information on the possible suspects, you can call the Odessa Police Department or Odessa Crime Stoppers at 333-TIPS.