Odessa Police Relying on Surveillance Video to Catch Convenience Store Robbers

by Victor Lopez
NewsWest 9

ODESSA--  Imagine how it feels to be a victim of robbery, not once or twice, but three times.   That's what happened at N-N-OUT on West 10th in Odessa.

The economic crunch is taking it's toll on everyone in one way or another, but police say that's hardly an excuse for robbery.

"There's plenty of jobs out there.  There's plenty of opportunity to make a honest living," Cpl. Sherrie Carruth with the Odessa Police Department, said.

Odessa Police are scouring surveillance video, hoping to identify the men responsible, for what Carruth calls crimes of opportunity, "You've just got individuals out there that are lazy, don't want to work and prey off of businesses or citizens who work hard to earn the money."

Authorities are hoping somebody out there will recognize the robbers.  "We're asking anybody out there, if they recognize these individuals, to call us.  There's no honor among thieves either, especially when it comes to Crime Stoppers," Carruth said.

The N-N-Out store on West 10th has been hit multiple times.   Owner Kelton Smith and his staff are starting to feel the frustration, "It makes you sick everytime it happens.  You're just happy that nobody got hurt.  That's the only thing we can be thankful for, that nobody got injured."

They've had security cameras installed for years, but it doesn't seem to have any effect. 

According to Smith, "Everything we do, they stay one step ahead of us, it seems like, whatever we do."

Smith says they have talked about adding more security camera,s but he 's confident these bad guys will get caught, "They better keep running, because we're on them."

"Eventually they are going to get caught.   That's where the surveilance camaras and video equipment come into play, to help us catch these individuals," Carruth added.

If you have any information on any of these robberies, you're asked to call Odessa Police at 333 -3641 or Odessa Crime Stoppers at 333-TIPS.