Man on surveillance video arrested in attempted break-in


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Updated: 8/12/2013 2:44 am Published: 8/05/2013 9:46 pm


The man seen in surveillance video trying to break into a South Tulsa business with a screwdriver has been arrested.

The Northern Oklahoma Violent Crimes Task Force tells FOX23 News Joshua Tefft, 33, was arrested in the Walmart parking lot at 21st and Yale Sunday night.

FOX23 News was told Tefft will be transported to Rogers County jail where he will be booked for a warrant involving second-degree burglary.

Tefft is suspected of breaking into a business near 81st Street and South Harvard last month.

On August 5, FOX23 News reported a store owner turned the tables on the suspected thief. Since the story aired on FOX23 News police say they recieved several Crime Stoppers tips naming Tefft as the suspect.

Tulsa police tell FOX23 News, a thief broke into a business near 81st Street and South Harvard Avenue two times and by the third time the owner installed a security system and caught the action.

Surveillance video showed the man peeking inside the business, look around and then he tried to pry open the door using a screwdriver under the metal plate.

"He has a screwdriver right now in his right hand," said Tulsa police burglary Detective Donnie Wright.

The man is seen scurrying out the camera's view and a car door open.

"He hears something," said Wright.

Video shows the man quickly tiptoe back to the door and then his screwdriver snaps off the handle and is left for police to recover.

"Here is the broken screwdriver,” said Wright.

You can see in his face the man is not giving up trying to bust into the business. His facial expressions show he's making a big effort.

"For him to get a pry tool, they really have to work at it and not to mention you are talking about a cheap screwdriver,” said Wright.

Detectives say in most cases suspects try to disguise themselves but not this man.

"He's not concealing his identity at all," said Wright.

In his tank top, video shows the man has tattoos down both of his arms, shoulders, back and back of neck. He wears glasses and has a balding head.

"Watch the details in his face," said Wright.

Detectives believe the same thief broke into the business two other times and stole computers.

The owner did not want to be identified but says he now locks his computers or allows employees to take home the tower. He even installed steel doors to stop the thieves from kicking in the office doors.


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ceojco61 - 9/22/2013 10:53 AM
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Oh someone helped him on when he robbed my house, they just unlocked a window so he could climb in, grab the TV(forgetting to unplug the power cord and hdmi cable, as well as not even attempting to get the remote. I hope someone is enjoying a TV which was given to me by seine who thought I'd never have this happen. The man had the TV in his son's storage unit with his other belongings recovered from his place after he was found murdered. No monetary value, simply sentimental, but I hope he enjoys his new TV that he didn't work long hours to earn. Tulsa is full of these sick people.

Mayor Maynot - 8/6/2013 2:27 AM
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What a brilliant young man. His mother must be very proud of him. Hope they book him soon.
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