Thief caught on home surveillance cameras

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Updated: 1/07/2013 9:20 am Published: 1/05/2013 9:22 pm

Two east Tulsa neighbors were burglarized but they did not know the other one was hit by the same man until about a week after it happened when one neighbor reviewed his home surveillance video. 

Steve Stephens lives off 21st and 169. On December 21st, 2012 he was at an “End of the World” party when he came home and didn't notice anything was missing from his porch. 

That same night, his neighbor, U.S. Army SFC Chris Jackson, was at dinner with his friends when his roommates called and told him someone broke in through the back door and their computers and electronics, food in the refrigerator and several garbage cans were missing. Jackson filed a police report with his roommates.

A few days later Stephens noticed a three-foot bronze decorative star was missing off the front wall of his house. He had two stars still on it but a third was gone. He looked back through his camera surveillance expecting maybe the wind had knocked it off ,but instead he watched a man steal it off his wall and walk away with it. He also saw the same man in the video park in Jackson’s driveway and stay there for several minutes. Then he came over to Stephens' house and tried to get into his window but failed and went to the front door where the star was and stole the star. 

“I was angry and felt violated that somebody would just walk up and take your property; people don’t have morals nowadays,” said Stephens.

“Steve called me a few days afterwards and said I think you should see this video,” said Jackson.  “The thieves are just very brazen they seem to just go wherever they want, take whatever they want.”

Jackson has been home from serving in Afghanistan. He has been with the U.S. Army for more than 20 years and was severely injured in Afghanistan.  He survived an explosion but then his unit fell into a ditch and he suffered from a traumatic brain injury, among several other injuries.  He finally returned home from the hospital a few months ago.  He did not appreciate the thief’s welcoming. 

“You go overseas, put your life on the line, like our military does now to protect our country and what thanks do we get?” asks Jackson. “When you have, really just punks, going around breaking into people, that puts fear into our neighborhood. “

“I would hope that the person sees his face on FOX23, and his mother looks at him and tells him shame on you,” said Stephens.  “I hope that the thieves know that people are not going to take it anymore and we are going to keep our eyes on them.”

Tulsa Police said home surveillance systems do help them in these cases.  A surveillance system like Stephens' cost him $1,200.  There are similar four-camera systems sold on the Internet at websites like for around $200-$1,000. 

If you can recognize the man is in this video, please call Crime Stoppers at 918-596-COPS. 

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Anonymous - 1/7/2013 10:27 PM
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You know whats sad is this happens at least once or twice a night in this neighborhood. They tried breaking in a kids window while she was laying in her bed trying to go to sleep. All our neighbors have the same problem. Guess what just last week two men ARMED came in while family was home and stole everything they worked so hard for. I hope the fools come back to my house we are now armed!! I will shoot you directly in your head without asking questions if you are anywhere near my windows or doors! Then your poor momma can ask herself then why she didnt do something to keep your sorry pos scum self off the streets. GO GET A JOB LAZY WORTHLESS TRASH and get out of our neighborhood. Then again you are probably living in the trashly shoreline apartments and can't afford toilet paper so you gotta rob us hardworking people! Pretty sad we had fingerprints on our window and cops said it was too expensive to send them off!!!! What the heck are we paying for!!! We have evidence that will put them away but they dont care. Knowing attempted burglaries are happening nightly they arent even having police patrol the area!!!! Heck one lady has been hit 7 times in the past two months!!!! So ashamed we have police who dont care about our safety!! Takes an hour just to get out here to take a report that they throw away as soon as they leave Again i say come back and try to open my window TRASH..I have a huge surprise for you and you wont be able to break in anyones house again!

cctvsecurity - 1/6/2013 11:26 AM
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My insurance company lowered my rate since I installed my own surveillance system. I got it right online at I can view my home on my cell phone or any Internet connection, any time of the day. It is really a cool system and I use it when I am away from my home, at work, etc. Anyway, check it out. Very nice benefits.

aleman - 1/6/2013 9:08 AM
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Hey she is very pretty who cares about call the police they show up two hours later,they look around a little bit tell you that they will file a report and to call the insurance company,yawn real big then wonder these thieves feel so comfortable,50 to 1 odds they won't catch them

Steve In Tulsa - 1/6/2013 7:18 AM
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Over sees? Really? You think that is how the word ‘overseas’ is spelled? Why don’t they teach grammar and spelling to journalists? Or even how to use a spell checker?
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