Sapulpa neighbors help catch thief

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Reported by: Eddie Randle
Updated: 10/09/2013 6:52 pm Published: 10/09/2013 4:58 pm

Neighbors are coming together to bust crooks who break into their cars.

In Sapulpa, neighbors used technology that helped police arrest a suspected car burglar.

Police say this is a crime of convenience for thieves -- they can see what they want sitting right there through car windows.

But in one Sapulpa neighborhood, a homeowner decided to take action.

"Our neighbor got her car broken into and we got to talking about it and I found some cameras online and I thought this might help us," said Curt Ingram, a neighbor.

And it did. His video led police to a suspect.

Police took a still of that video and were able to identify who was stealing from those vehicles.

Andrew Singleton was arrested on three counts of burglary.

Surveillance cameras can be a costly expense, but police say there's a cheaper way to avoid being targeted.

"Everybody should go out of their way to make sure the vehicle is locked up, the windows are locked up. Make it harder on the thieves that are coming into the area," said Major Curt Gilliland with Sapulpa police.

Police say people should remove all electronics.

"Don't give them the opportunity to see that iPad or any other piece of valuables sitting in the front," said Gilliland.

Ingram said neighbors were so upset by recent crimes that they installed surveillance cameras. 

'We all look out for each other and we all do what we can," he said. 

Another neighbor, John Early, also installed cameras to protect his property. 

"We got to take and pay for all of this and they need to go get them a job and pay for their own stuff," he said.

Police said this case remains under investigation, but they have some leads and plan on making more arrests soon.

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