By Zora Asberry
MIDLAND - A Midland business owner came to work this morning to find out that something had been stolen from her appliance store. A man drove by and stole a display washing machine that was placed outside just minutes before the store opened.
The owner of Ace Appliances tells NewsWest 9 that the thief drove by on West Industrial Avenue in Midland at around 8 a.m., saw something he liked and then came back two minutes later to steal one of their display washing machines.
Christina Nieto, Owner of Ace Appliances, said, "I take my kids to school and I pass through here every morning, it was around 7:30 a.m., when I came back at 8:05 a.m., the washer was gone."
The thief was able to get away with the washer but luckily Nieto caught it all on camera.
"I saw him coming close to the little trailer we have outside. We had some other stuff outside, he came back there, he went back got in his truck, reversed and loaded the washer," said Nieto.
Nieto says that the thief was in and out very quickly. With no help and no dolly, he was able to load the washer and take off.
"It took him about a minute. He just put down the tailgate, loaded it up and took it away," said Nieto.
Officer Larry Woodruff, with the Midland Police Department, says the best way to prevent theft is to not have things visible or out in the open.
"Take the time to slow down and lock these things up, if you have a display with a washing machine out there, you can't leave that stuff out overnight," said Woodruff.