LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) – Surveillance video captures a thief red-handed inside a Central Lubbock liquor store, and the owner wants other businesses to be on the lookout.
"The value is one thing, but for me it is the principal that you are being stolen from," saidLogan Cooksey, manager and co-owner of The Spot with his Dad near 50th and Quaker.
He recalls having that feeling that he needed to check his surveillance video Monday night after a group walked out in a way that he thought might not have been empty handed. Cooksey said he was distracted with questions from two women about some of his stock.
"It is pretty obvious that he didn't hide it to well," Cooksey said after watching the video.
"Surveillance video can be a big help," explains Lubbock Police Department Sgt. Jonathan Stewart, who says officers are actively investigating this case and reviewing surveillance footage.
The video from about 6 p.m. Monday shows a white four-door car pulling up outside The Spot. At first, two women get out and walk into the store. Cooksey says they are the ones who asked his staff questions.
"They will distract the clerk, and it makes it hard for anyone to keep tabs on everybody," explained Sgt. Stewart.
Moments later, the video shows a man and another woman walking in.
"You see him leaning forward and then he grabs the bottle and tries to disguise it," Cooksey said while describing the video. "Once he sees me check someone out, he lifts up his shirt and sticks it in his pants."
Cooksey says the man walked out with a bottle of Cognac, and his cameras captured the same man walking in the very next night. He says he showed his employees the video so they could be on the lookout.
Employees at The Spot wrote a note and taped it to the spot where the bottle was last seen as a message for anyone who plans to steal:
"The cameras are watching you try to put the bottle in your shirt."
"It's frustrating to see grown adults walk in with a scheme and a plan to steal a $35 bottle of liquor, and if they are doing it here then they are doing it elsewhere," said Cooksey.
Sgt. Stewart says Cooksey is most likely right.
"Chances are very good if they have done it once, twice or even three times and it has worked, they will keep doing it."
While Cooksey knows the evidence is probably long gone, Lubbock police now have video proof.
If you recognize the man from the surveillance video or the vehicle he was in call Crimeline at 741-1000.
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