A repeat burglary dubbed the "Doggy Door Bandit" by police has helped create a Burglary Force in the Riverwside Division (RID).
High profile suspected thieves in search of high dollar items are focusing on one area of town.
One of them Ralph Biggs who has been named the Doggy Door Bandit because uses the doggy door to break into people's homes.
Officers in the Riverside Division say burglars are hard at work in the Heller Park area near 51st and S. Utica, 41st and S. Peoria, 25th and S. Pittsburg and 101st and S. Yale.
So the division created a burglary task force to go after these repeat offenders.
FOX23’s Abbie Alford reports how dangerous these thieves can get if confronted during a crime.
In one Brookside neighborhood a man walked into his home and found two 17-year-old boys ripping him off.
One of the suspected serial burglars shot the man in the chest three times.
He is believed to be okay.
Police say they’re on the tails of these type of suspected serial burglars and making at least one arrest a day.
Once home and car break-ins hits a high of 38 in one week for the Riverside Division, a group of patrol and traffic officers created a burglary task force to look hard at these suspected thieves and what they were doing to get inside houses.
"One guy is known for going through doggy doors, another guys known for going in through front doors and one guy is known for going in side windows," says Officer Jim Isgrig.
That is if you don’t answer the door.
"Burglars just don't randomly go up to a house and break-in,” says Isgrig.
If these punks don’t think you’re home could be in a lot of trouble.
"We had an elderly lady you was upstairs giving her dog a bath and didn't hear the doorbell and she came downstairs in the middle of a burglary and they beat her up," says Isgrig.
So if you are at home and you hear a knock police say don’t stay quiet and don’t open the door but talk through the door.
"Say who are you what do you need and if they want to mow your lawn or sell you something just say I'm not interested right now my husband and I are busy. Whatever you need to do if I need to call someone for you I will do that," says Isgrig.
Anything to keep the thieves away because these thieves keep finding the cash to bond out to feed their habit.
"They are looking for drugs while they are in the home and they are looking for things that can be turned into cash to buy drugs," says Isgrig.
One suspected serial burglar, Joshua Sanders got caught when he used a relative to sell a piece of stolen jewelry not knowing the owner put Tulsa Gold and Gems on notice.
"All of us saw the picture and saw the item and stayed calm and did our best to keep that person in the store,” says Ryan Reyes of Tulsa Gold and Gems.
Police recommend neighbors to be nosy. If they see someone suspicious at their neighbors home don’t confront the person but report it to police.
Police say you never know if that is thief they are targeting and it could be that thief at your house next.
This is the second week for the burglary task force in the Riverside Division. They report burglaries went down from 38 to 28 in the first week.
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Ralph J. Biggs, 27, is sitting in the Tulsa County jail on a $45,000 bind in connection to six counts of burglary.
"He targets the laptops and any pills that are in the house," says Isgrig.
The 150 pound suspected thief crawls through a doggy door to get inside your home. Police now dub him the “Doggy Door Bandit.”
The next high-profile suspected burglar is 18-year-old Bryden G. Hill.
"Bryden is a slippery little thing he is so constant he doesn't care if it is a home or a car he'll break into anything and take anything and steal pills while he is at it," says Isgrig.
Hill has been caught several times and his most recent arrest he was caught in the Cinemark Movie Theater parking lot breaking into cars.
Police say he’s wanted again for more burglaries.
"[He’s an] out of control burglary who has a group of friends working with him," says Isgrig.
So is Joshua A. Sanders, 25, who’s been arrested at least three times in the last couple of months and faces more than 20 burglary or stolen property charges.
Police say prosecutors are working to seek a way to keep Sanders in jail or to keep a tight leash on where Sanders is at all times.
However, no matter how many times a suspected thief can get caught, they still find a way to get what they’re after.
"I had one burglary tell me after we had caught him a second or third time that he had to go back out so I could pay my attorney," says Isgrig.
If you have any information about these crimes 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 www.tipsubmit.com. Remember you never have to give your name and your tip could lead to a cash reward.