Caught on tape: Thieves target dead man's home

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Updated: 10/11/2012 9:23 am Published: 10/10/2012 7:53 pm

Crooks are not known for their compassion and just a few weeks after a man’s death in south Tulsa burglars broke into his home.

Police report the thieves took family treasures with more sentimental value than anything else.

The burglary happened near 71st between S. Yale and S. Sheridan on September 17th and the crimes were caught on camera.

When the thieves broke into the home, the male suspect had a red piece of clothing wrapped around his face. The woman didn’t wear anything to disguise herself in the burglary.

The home surveillance video shows on September 17th, around 6:00 am, a burglar broke into the home wearing a head lamp and set it up for later that day.

"I am so mad, I am so mad,” said the victim’s former caretaker Michelle Calvert.

Around 2:45 pm that day, eight hours after the first break-in, the woman is seen on surveillance video walking through the front door.

"There is nothing worse than a burglar. I can handle a lot of things but not a burglar,” said Calvert.

While the female suspect rifled through the closet, the man yanked a flat screen television off the wall.

"They don't come in and hurry through here. They are not worried,” said Calvert.

The thieves broke into the office and stole family portraits and blank checks.

"They did go on a spree to Stillwater, Walmart in Coffeyville Kansas,” said Calvert.

Thieves were brazen enough to target the home of Mr. Gale Lindsay. He died just weeks before the burglary.

"Insurance doesn't matter, money doesn't matter, the things they took are priceless for the family's sake," said Calvert.

The thieves also stole a $500 bill with a stamp on it from February 2nd 1969.

"It was going to be a surprise to see grieving family members have a little bit, a secret love token that was meant for them, they'll never get,” said Calvert. "It's an injustice. It's not who cares they are dead. I care more than I ever did."

For nearly three decades, Lindsay’s former caretaker said she helped Mr. Lindsay and his wife who passed away years earlier. 

"I fought really hard to protect them,” said Calvert. “I always felt I was the guard."

She never thought she would have to protect their family from people like this.

"I want them stopped and I want this to be their last burglary," said Calvert.

The thieves stole over $20,000 dollars in items. They had serial numbers for the two flat screen televisions that were stolen.

The sentimental items include sterling silverware, gavel, seven to ten Oriental rugs and an ivory tusk carving. If you see those items on classified ads, pawn shops or anywhere else, report them to police.  

If you have any information call Crime Stoppers at (918) 596-COPS (2677) or text a tip to “CRIMES” (274637) and begin your message with “TIP918” or you can submit a tip online at Remember you never have to give your name and your tip could lead to a cash reward.

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Gladys Crump - 10/12/2012 11:11 PM
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Yeah, probably will be surprized if and when they identify the theives. That is a sad thing though, how low these pos are.

aleman - 10/11/2012 6:30 PM
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Sounds like someone who knew what he was looking for,someone who was familiar with the house and dealt with the family at some time or another

t town253 - 10/11/2012 9:27 AM
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How low and pathetic. They will get caught....and they will suffer.

USEagle - 10/11/2012 8:05 AM
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I hope the thief/thieves get(s) caught and hanged!
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