FALLS CITY, Texas - A small town store has been hit with two big-time thefts. Karnes County Sheriff David Jalufka said three people stole a "large amount of money" from the Fillin Station in Falls City April 1. That same store was hit by thieves back in September.
Sheriff Jalufka released the surveillance video and enhanced pictures of the suspected thieves to News 4 WOAI.
"It was like a relay. She stood here looking at the clerk, looking at the candles. Then we have the guy in the white t-shirt standing here in the hallway. Then we have the guy breaking into the safe," he said.
Sheriff Jalufka said he believes the three hit the store back in September and may be an organized ring.
"These people, I call them foreign. They're not from central Texas, around San Antonio," he said.
Fillin Station clerk Ashley Barajas said employees used to know all of their customers by name. However, the Eagle Ford Shale boom has brought increased traffic and customers they don't recognize, including the people accused of stealing from the back room safe.
"It's scary to know someone can easily walk in and turn your world upside down," she said. Barajas discovered the theft last Sunday when she was going to put money from the register in the safe.
Barajas says instead of watching out for people they know in the store, now they're keeping an eye out for the people they don't.
"Now you're always thinking if someone will and take your safety away from you so you're always second guessing yourself now," she said.
If you have any information about the crimes, call the Karnes County Sheriff's Office at (830) 780-3931.