TULSA, Okla. - Tulsa police arrested two men who they said caused tens of thousands of dollars in damage while stealing copper early Friday morning. Police said one suspect is tied to five different burglaries since the end of May.
Police said they were doing surveillance on James Jackson. He was wearing an ankle monitor and was under surveillance by burglary detectives.
Officers tracked him to a building under construction near the 6500 block of 42nd Street. Jackson and suspect Jeffrey Norsworthy were found hiding in a ditch nearby.
Police said copper was cut at the building and spools of copper were stolen from inside. There was an estimated $75,000 to $125,000 in damage. Officers also found Jackson’s truck nearby where officers found six spools of wire that came from inside the building and two batteries connected to other theft cases.
Police said Jackson is connected to five burglary cases since the end of May. He’s suspected of stealing from an auto shop on the 12000 block of 11th Street, stealing tools from another construction site at 4900 East 73rd St., and taking $2,000 in tools from a truck parked at a hotel on 4700 South Yale.
Police said Jackson also stripped a large amount of copper from Time Mark, a company that makes electronics on 11000 East Pine. The business lost power and had to shut down operations for a day and a half because of it. Damage is estimated at $50,000 and the owner said that’s not including the loss of time and labor.
Because Jackson was wearing an ankle monitor, police said they have GPS proof that he was at each of the burglary locations when the theft occurred
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