Tulsa neighbors work together to catch burglars

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Reported by: Ian Silver
Updated: 1/24 8:26 pm Published: 1/24 4:29 pm

A string of thefts and burglaries have a midtown Tulsa neighborhood on edge.

They said in the latest incident this week a homeowner interrupted the burglars, and now neighbors are working together to figure out who’s behind these crimes. They’re using Facebook, email and calling each other to share any and all information.

Eric Hightower said things have gotten worse and worse over the past three weeks.

“Several of the neighbors just on this street alone have had something been taken away from them: tools, whatever it is left outside the house,” he said.

His home has been targeted twice.

"(I) had my gate ripped open, and it was screwed shut, so iI know it wasn’t the wind blowing it open or anything,” he said.

The second time they stole a trashcan full of copper wiring in front of his garage in the middle of the day.

“There was a lid on it. It looked like it was just a trash can full of trash. So somebody had to just walk up and, you know, look into it,” he said.

Earlier this week, his neighbor’s home was burglarized.

He said there were footprints on the front door where they tried to kick it in. When that didn’t work they reached through the doggy door in back to unlock the door.

The homeowner told FOX23 the burglars were unhooking computers and a TV when they heard his wife come in through the garage. They left out the back, with an iPad and some jewelry.

As a father of a new baby boy, Hightower is terrified these criminals are escalating quickly.

“I’m worried somebody would kick in, and who knows what somebody would do when they’re desperate,” he said.

He said people will do anything to feed their families, but there’s no excuse for putting an entire neighborhood in fear.

“People want to make money. You prefer them to go work, you know, like a normal person would. Stealing stuff is pretty low,” he said.

The man whose house was burglarized sent emails out to the entire neighborhood and several neighbors responded with descriptions of strange men who might have been involved.

Hightower said they also call each other and communicate over Facebook every time they see a car they don’t recognize.

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7th Solution - 1/24/2014 5:50 PM
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Okay, can Fox 23 maybe give major cross streets for the neighborhood involved in the story? It might be helpful to other people in the area to know what's going on and to be prepared, and "midtown" is a little vague. Fox 23 so often seems to leave out pertinent information in a story.

Mayor Maynot - 1/24/2014 5:40 PM
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Took a can of copper?? Sounds like somebody who THAT was there.
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