Suspect arrested in connection with 15 burglaries across the City of Odessa

Suspect arrested in connection with 15 burglaries across the City of Odessa
Joe Ortiz (Source: Odessa Police Department)

ODESSA, TX (KWES) - A man is behind bars following a string of burglaries across the City of Odessa over the past month.

Joe Ortiz, 33, was arrested on Christmas Day in the 2300 block of Milburn Ave.

Ortiz has been charged with 14 counts of burglary of a building and 1 count of engaging in organized criminal activity.

We're told the robberies have taken place at 6 Subway restaurants, Stars Drive-In, Fajita's & More, Saucedo's, Churches Chicken, Dollar Tree, Dollar General and possibly others.

Police said Ortiz used a medium sized rock and smashed the window of the business.

Authorities also said that Ortiz would stake out his locations before committing the burglary.

We're told more charges are possible as the investigation continues.

Below is a map of all the locations authorities believe Ortiz was involved in a burglary:

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