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Mall theft hurts Okmulgee business

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Reported by: Price McKeon
Updated: 9/27/2013 10:31 am Published: 9/26/2013 5:24 pm

An Okmulgee woman says a trip to Woodland Hills Mall changed her life.

Thieves broke into her company truck and stole laptops that held valuable information.

Martha Diaz and her husband have worked more than 14 years building their aerospace engineering business.

"The effort we put in, gone. Starting over," she said.

All because of a broken car lock.

"Self-employed, we're on the clock all the time, we take work home with us," she said.

On Monday, she says she did exactly that. She and her husband took their work laptops home.

Before going into the mall, she says they hid their valuables behind tinted windows and on the floorboard, out of sight.

Less than an hour later, they came back to a broken car lock, an empty console and empty floorboards.

"My ID, my passport card, my Social Security card, cash, checkbook, insurance cards, everything," she said.

It's not just personal information from her wallet she says she put in the console. She says it's more than a decade's worth of accounting records and employee history on the laptops.

"Everything is password protected," she said.

Password protected or not, she wants her business records back. She says a police officer even climbed to look into nearbydumpsters for the missing items.

"I would like to know that there is something in-process between the mall, mall security and the Tulsa Police Department," she said.

Despite the detective work, a security guard told the victims and the police they couldn't see the surveillance video.

FOX23 contacted the Woodland Hills Mall and asked if it would release video to police.

The mall sent this statement: "As part of our comprehensive security program, we continue to work closely with the Tulsa Police Department."

Police confirmed to FOX23 that video evidence was collected.

FOX23 tried to get a copy of the surveillance video and was told the mall could not provide it at this time.

Diaz says she's notified all current employees, and she's working hard to notify past employees while using an old computer.

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Mayor Maynot - 9/26/2013 8:20 PM
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In the story it says taking her work home with her. That ciphers out to a security minded employer and employee that the mapped route might be home first THEN shopping.

Mayor Maynot - 9/26/2013 7:43 PM
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So look lady you're such a suave techie but yet you don't have ANY technological devices that will tell you and authorities where your equipment is. Get over how lax you were at protecting your equipment and your paperwork and your identity....
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