Grocery stores team up with OPD amid ongoing theft investigations

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ODESSA, Texas (Nexstar) – Odessa Police Department is asking the public for help in finding a number of shoplifters.

We asked OPD about ongoing theft investigations at two major supermarket chains in Odessa between the months of March and May.

The first is United Supermarkets. Thefts have been reported at three of its locations on N. County Rd. West, E. 8th Street, and E. 42nd Street.

The second is HEB. Odessa Police has released information on thefts at HEB’s West University location. No OPD press releases indicated ongoing theft investigations at HEB’s 42nd Street location.

“Once our detectives investigate it, and they exhaust all resources, we reach out to the public to seek help identifying the suspects,” said Cpl. Steve LeSueur of Odessa Police. “We work hand in hand with HEB and United Supermarkets, and they do a great job with their loss prevention.”

Odessa Police say they have had success identifying suspects through social media and with the help of Odessa Crime Stoppers. The department says United Supermarkets and HEB are working closely with officers to make sure their shoppers are safe and their stores stay crime free.

United Supermarkets officials say there is increased staffing in its Asset Protections Department. They say it has allowed them to detect shoplifting with greater efficiency.

United officials also say there isn’t an uptick in thefts. Rather, their close work with police has allowed for some of these thefts to be made public in hopes of finding the suspects. Odessa Police say a good number of suspects are caught.

We reached out to HEB for comment, but have not heard back.

Here are some recent thefts, according to Odessa Police:

On 5-4-21, a theft occurred at the United Supermarket located at 1350 East 8th Street. Investigation revealed that an unknown female subject concealed approximately $112 worth of merchandise inside of her purse and exited the store without making any attempt to pay. The suspect then left the scene in a gray Nissan Altima.

On 4-30-21, a theft occurred at the HEB located at 2501 West University. Investigation revealed that an unknown female subject concealed approximately $108 worth of merchandise inside of her purse and exited the store without making any attempt to pay. The suspect then left the scene in a Honda Accord.

On 4-27-21, a theft occurred at the United Supermarket located at 1350 East 8th Street. Investigation revealed that two unknown male subjects stole approximately $243 worth of merchandise and left the scene in a white Ford Ranger.

On 4-23-21, a theft occurred at the United Supermarket located at 2751 North County Road West. Investigation revealed that an unknown male subject took approximately $150 worth of merchandise and exited the store without making any attempt to pay.

Posted on April 19th: an unknown female subject stole approximately $271 worth of merchandise from the HEB located at 2501 West University.

On 4-5-21, a theft occurred at the United Supermarket located at 4950 East 42nd Street. Investigation revealed that an unknown male subject stole approximately $263 worth of merchandise and left the scene in a white Lincoln MKX SUV.

On 4-3-21, a theft occurred at the HEB located at 2501 West University. Investigation revealed that an unknown male subject concealed approximately $143 worth of merchandise inside of his jacket and left the store without making any attempt to pay.

On 3-29-21, a theft occurred at the United Supermarket located at 2751 North County Road West. Investigation revealed that an unknown male subject stole approximately $203 worth of merchandise and left the scene in a white 2-door GMC pickup.

On 3-7-21, a theft occurred at the HEB located at 2501 West University. Investigation revealed that an unknown female subject took approximately $155 worth of merchandise and exited the store without making any attempt to pay.

Anyone who recognizes these suspects is encouraged to contact Odessa Crime Stoppers at 432-333-TIPS, or Odessa Police Department.

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