Church surveillance video helps with investigation of burglar

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Reported by: Brittany Jeffers
Updated: 4/26/2013 8:44 am Published: 4/25/2013 11:24 pm

Tulsa Police arrested a Catoosa man who is accused in a string of burglaries.

Surveillance video from a church near 148th East Admiral was a piece of the puzzle that helped locate the suspect, 22-year old Joseph Shelton.

“We were inside drinking tea and couldn’t hear anything outside,” said church member Andrey Borlak.

Andrey Borlak was inside of the church on Wednesday night but he tells FOX23 he didn’t hear what was happening in the parking lot.

Surveillance video captured what he couldn’t hear.

Nine surveillance cameras that surround the perimeter of the church captured a black suburban driving through the church’s parking lot. The video also shows a man breaking into cars in the parking lot. Victims reported that cash, keys and a $2500 dollar guitar was stolen.

Borlak says they called police when the realized the cars had been burglarized.

Another person who was inside of the church, but didn’t want to go on camera, said that he jumped into action to help with the investigation because it was the right thing to do.

“It’s kind of upsetting that someone would do that at a church so I was doing it just to hoping to locate the vehicle and call the police,” said the person inside of the church.

The person called police and then tried to follow the suspect in another car. Two hours after the first burglary, the suspect was tracked down at East Ave and Admiral Boulevard at a Burger King.

According to the police report, Shelton had multiple credit cards, driver's licenses and checks in other people's names inside of his wallet in addition to the items taken from the church parking lot.

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Mayor Maynot - 4/26/2013 5:39 AM
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Praise the lord and pass the ammunition (surveillance:)
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