Police using surveillance footage to catch criminal

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Reported by: Sharon Phillips
Updated: 12/11/2013 9:36 pm Published: 12/11/2013 7:51 pm

Tulsa police detectives are hoping surveillance pictures will help them capture a man who they say broke into an office complex and stole several electronics.

It happened at the Westwood Plaza shopping center near 31st & Sheridan. FOX23 went back to the scene of the crime and the owners are showing how they hope to turn the tables on the suspect.

After a building was burglarized, police posted the suspect’s picture all over the building hoping that someone would recognize his photo.

Tulsa police tell FOX23 that the man in being sought burglarized an office building in the early morning hours and stole a laptop and a digital camera from one of the offices here.

He tried numerous times to break into other offices, but was unsuccessful.
Detectives believe he may have got in by prying the locks open.

“He was attempting to open several doors by using his body and when that didn’t work he had some type of small device that he used,” Detective Don Wright said. “It was probably a flathead screwdriver.”

Police say criminals will target offices like these because they are all in one building and typically have the electronic items like laptops that they are looking for.

“He’s not just going to hit one, he’s going to go get multiple and he’s already there and not limited to one business but is going to hit several at the same time,” Wright said.

Since the office was burglarized, the owners have now added a padded lock to make sure the person whose not supposed to get in, doesn’t.

The police say the man in the photos is in his mid 20’s to early 30’s and had a mustache and a goatee.

He was wearing a gray or black hoodie with white Oklahoma lettering across the front and blue pants, and brown house slippers.

FOX23 News talked with several of the people here off camera and they all say they are grateful that no one was here at the time of the burglary.

The business owners here and the Tulsa police department are hoping the surveillance video will help them catch the crook.

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