Police Warn of Purchase Order Scam, ‘Several’ Felony Theft Reports Made

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The Odessa Police Department is warning local businesses of a purchase order scam that is circulating in the city. 

Police officials say they have received “several” felony theft reports as a result of the scam. 

The scam, according to a release, involves oilfield equipment as well as automotive parts and tires from current or former employees of the business. 

Police say the suspects are using fake names and using fake account numbers while making the purchase orders and sell or pawn the items. 

One specific case involved about $30,000 in stolen tires, according to the release. 

Now, police are urging business to check the identification cards and verify all information while completing orders. 

Anyone with information on the purchase order theft is asked to contact the OPD at 432-333-3641 or the Odessa Crime Stoppers at 432-333-TIPS. 

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