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Man Witnesses Young Girl Attempting Theft With Parents Standing By

Odessa, TX (Big 2 News) - Albert Johnston was in for a surprise when he stopped at a 7-Eleven in Odessa to get a quick drink.
Odessa, TX (Big 2 News) - Albert Johnston was in for a surprise when he stopped at a 7-Eleven in Odessa to get a quick drink.

"I came out and found a little girl opening my door and getting into my truck," Johnston said.

Johnston says the girl looked to be five or six years old.

Odessa police officials say families using children to commit crimes is not an uncommon sight.

"It has happened in the past where whether it's a teenager or young child, it is possible they can be used during the course of a crime," said Cpl. Steve LeSueur.

It happened on the corner of University and Dixie around seven in the evening.

According to Johnston, a BMW was parked next to his company vehicle with a woman and man he believed to be the parents of the girl, along with two other children.

"I started yelling at the kid to get out of my truck and the father kind of looked at me and went, 'well she didn't know.'

Johnston tells me he recalls hearing about company vehicles being targets for theft and believes the thieves of these types of crimes are looking for small electronics children can easily grab.

"Maybe that's how they're getting away with it. They're having small children do it so, that way the adults don't get in trouble for it."

Johnston also adds he noticed a bunch of electronics in the back of a BMW.

"Whether they do it them-self or force somebody to do it, you know, they're just as guilty," LeSueur said.

Johnston was able to snap this picture of the BMW before it took off.

"Look out for the green BMW. It is a newer BMW," said Johnston.



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