Video captures teens burglarizing business


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Updated: 6/22/2013 10:42 pm Published: 6/22/2013 9:43 pm


Surveillance cameras caught thieves in the act. The owner of a Tulsa car shop hopes the video helps police find who is responsible for stealing a car.

Every car at Rex Auto Sales was bought after an accident. The owner, John Owens, fixes it up and prepares to sell it.

"I do this part time," he said. "It started out as a hobby."

He's had the hobby and this business for six years.

"It provides a nice little side income," the owner told FOX23's Dontaye Carter.

The extra money he brings in by selling about three cars a month is being threatened by the teen's stealing from his lot.

"There was an 8-inch wide window," Owens said, pointing at a window that goes down the left side of his door. "I never thought anybody would be able to get through it. One little skinny guy was able to weasel through it."

Video surveillance from Thursday night shows the three teens walking around the building searching for a way inside before they begin to hit the glass with a metal object.
They stole 16 car keys and a car similar to this 2001 Saturn SL-1. He's removed the tires from some cars just to keep the teens from driving off with any more cars.

"Get a job. Get a job. Work at Burger King. Do something else to make a living don't steal someone else's stuff that they've worked for," said Owens.

He told FOX23 he called Tulsa police Friday after finding this back car window broken. Owens says the battery was dead so it couldn't be moved off the lot. However, he says police found the stolen car and two keys at a nearby apartment complex but still no sign of the culprits.

"They took keys and a lot of these new car keys are transponder keys. A key cut maybe cost $100," said Owens. "You can't go through life stealing stuff. If you go through life stealing stuff you'll end up in prison and that's not a fun life because you won't be the toughest to go in there."

If you recognize the boys from the video you're asked to call crime stoppers at 918-596-2677.


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