|Updated: 7/22/2013 1:05 pm
||Published: 7/18/2013 3:57 pm
Police say a serial thief dubbed "The Blue Matrix Guy" is wanted.
When a judge saw Jon Gagnon bonded on $5,000 for a burglar complaint a judge issued a $500,000 warrant for violating orders for Veterans Drug Court.
FOX23 News has been following this exclusive story since last fall.
On Thursday, police arrested Jon Gagnon, 37, for allegedly breaking into a home in Midtown Tulsa near 36th & Harvard streets in September 2012.
Watching through his window, Chris Harmon saw a man go into his neighbor's home.
"I thought this guy is breaking in," said Harmon.
Rather than confronting the man, Harmon went outside and wrote down information, including the make of the car the man drover, a blue Toyota Matrix, and tag number.
"The “Blue Matrix Guy,” said Harmon.
When his neighbor came home she found her electronics and jewelry were gone. The Harmons called police.
"It was good to be able to say, ‘This is what you want and we got it,'" said Jennifer Harmon.
That was last fall and in May, FOX23 News reported the blue Matrix was seen in another midtown neighborhood. Witnesses said the man is known to dress nice and carry a clipboard.
The Harmons saw a post on Tulsa Midtown Alert Neighbors Facebook page and knew it was the same man.
"I knew it was around and it was just a matter of time he would mess up and get caught," said Chris Harmon.
Police went to Chris Harmon with a photo lineup and he identified the burglar as Jon Gagnon.
"They [Harmons] are both great people to work with," said Tulsa Police Burglary Detective Shea Duff.
When FOX23 News showed the Harmons a picture of Gagnon's blue Toyota Matrix, it had the same tag number as what the Harmons wrote down last fall.
"It just amazes me. You think criminals are smart sometimes," said Chris Harmon.
While it took several months to catch a suspect in the Blue Matrix Guy case, police say it was the Harmons watchful eye and persistence that helped catch the suspect.
"If everyone sits back then nothing ever gets done," said Chris Harmon.
FOX23 News looked up Gagnon's criminal history and found he is serving in the VeteransDrug Court program for theft and pawning stolen property. Records show he was issued a GPS monitor in August 2012 and had it removed earlier this year, meaning he could have been wearing the ankle monitor when he broke into the home in Midtown in Harmon's neighborhood.
This arrest is part of a much bigger bust. TPD burglary detectives are using a federal grant to pay overtime for detectives to target serial burglars.
This week they've arrested a handful of suspects, including Jerrick Thompson.
"He was involved in a big burglary ring and we had looked at for some time so that was exciting," said Duff.
He is suspected of working with six to 10 people, a majority of them are juveniles.
Detectives are focusing on convicted burglars with warrants or suspects named or identified in home burglaries.
"If you do know about a crime and you call police, you are serving your community," said Jennifer Harmon.