Caught on tape: Closing in on credit card thefts

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Updated: 11/08/2012 9:30 am Published: 11/07/2012 7:54 pm

Thieves are breaking into homes and cars stealing your identity before you know it.

The latest cases outside of Oologah in Rogers County and Owasso show victims are making it easy for the thieves.

They watch them hide their purse in the trunk or leave their door unlocked.

However, the thieves don’t know they too are being watched.

A thief caught on surveillance camera wearing a camouflaged Bass Pro ball cap, athletic type pants which could possibly be Adidas brand and flip flops walks in and out of Owasso stores. Police believe he’s stolen more than $2,000 on a total of three stolen credit and debit cards.

When police posted it to Facebook, someone recognized the thief as someone looking like another thief in Arkansas.

The University of Arkansas at Ft. Smith police Facebook page posted a surveillance picture of a similar man caught on camera stealing a back pack from the old gym.

Back in Green Country, 15 miles from Owasso and outside of Oolagah a car break-in leads detectives to another credit card thief caught on camera.

Deputies say a woman’s car had been unlocked and her purse stolen in the Dam Saloon parking lot.

“We don’t get a lot of calls out there,” said Rogers County Deputy Jerry Smittle.

Deputies posted her picture and her suspected partner on Facebook after they were seen buying cigarettes and coffee at a Claremore convenience store.

"We get instant response from our folks,” said Smittle. “It is a tremendous tool any law enforcement can use."

Deputies said the woman seen on surveillance cameras is wearing a black t-shirt with a blue Superman symbol on the front.

"If she is going to be stupid enough to get caught on camera and not even buy anything cool she deserves to get blown up on Facebook,” said an Oologah customer Bryan O’Rourke.

While Facebook is helping police close in on thieves, there’s still the old fashioned way of getting information.

FOX23 News went to a convenience store in Oologah to see if customers recognized the thieves.

"Not many women wear the Superman shirt,” said a customer.

The picture quality may not be great but investigators believe someone will recognize them.

"If they did it at the Dam Saloon then she is probably from around here," said a customer.

Deputies are also piecing together a domestic call they responded to earlier that night outside the Dam Saloon.

Deputies believe they were driving the same dark green or dark colored Chevy Silverado truck hauling a trailer. If you have any information call the Rogers County Sheriff’s Office dispatch at 918-341-3535 or the Tip Line 918-341-3620

The man seen in the Owasso surveillance photos is described as a white male, over 6 feet tall, medium build, dark hair. Most notably, in all of the recorded incidents he has worn athletic pants, believed to be Adidas brand (written down the leg), with flip-flop style shoes.

If you have any information regarding these incidents or to the identity of the individual pictured please call the Owasso Police Department Tipline at 918-272-COPS (2677).

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