A thief hoping to make a smooth getaway may not have considered that technology would catch up with him.
When the Yard Sheriff General Manager came into his Bixby warehouse and noticed two of his expensive lawnmowers missing, his trailer and truck gone, he got on the phone with police.
After a short chase, police found the truck but not the suspect, who they believe fled from the scene on foot. Police say they believe Seth Brant took a clearly labeled Yard Sheriff truck but no trailer or equipment were attached to the truck.
When Yard Sheriff General Manager Darrin DeShazer arrived at work he found the back garage door open and two of his lawnmowers missing.
He walked out of the warehouse to find his Ford F-250 and trailer gone. This was at 6:00 am.
“They could have been in Oklahoma City at this point,” said DeShazer.
Lawn debris covered the pavement, which was unusual for business.
“The trailer was full of sticks and what not,” said DeShazer.
So the thieves had to work hard to clean out the trailer,” said DeShazer. “They could have gotten everything they wanted had it been a clean trailer,”
They unloaded it with an identical lawn mower that DeShazer says cost $7,000 and $12,000 lawnmower.
“This is the workhorse of what we do,” said DeShazer.
He says he immediately thought how he uses his iPad to track his employees locations and jobs so he knew he could track his missing truck.
“This truck was going 80 miles per hour through 131st
Street,” said DeShazer.
He said he dialed 911, “they had the truck spotted and they were after him,” said DeShazer.
When they got to South Broken Arrow near 161st
Street, police found the truck but no suspect.
“It was a relief to see that I might discovery something,” said DeShazer.
However, no trailer or equipment were found but it didn’t take long to track it down abandoned in the woods near the chase.
“An hour and half later we had most of our stuff back. They did a great job,” said DeShazer. “Had we not had this tracker we would have been searching this city.”
The identical standing lawnmower, 36'' Scag standing lawnmower and DeShazer’s electronics such as his computer monitor is missing.
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