$20,000 of equipment stolen from Midtown construction site

Posted at 9:11 PM, Mar 10, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-10 23:25:35-05

TULSA - Struck not once or twice, but four times. A midtown construction site near 26th and Lewis robbed of thousands of dollars.

"This is the stuff we'd be using our bobcat for to throw all the scrap away," Jarco Construction subcontractor Aaron Crutchfield said.

Now they're moving bricks by hand, instead of heavy duty machines.           

"Since we don't have it, we have to carry all this stuff by hand," Crutchfield said.

It's a house at the corner of East 26th street and South Birmingham place in midtown Tulsa. The house is getting a makeover by Jarco Construction.

"In about six weeks, we were hit four times here," Joe's Electric electrician Raymond Moore said.

Moore says the first two times, two wheel barrows full of tools were taken from multiple construction workers. He says in total, more than $2,000.

"It cost me probably $400 in hand tools and I still haven't got all of them replaced yet," Moore said.

The biggest hit was Monday night. It was just after 5:30. Surveillance video shows this man dressed as a construction worker. He walked in front of the house and directly looked at the camera.

"He just kind of comes out on our camera and goes to the front door and looks around and picks up trash, like he knows what he's doing and belongs here," Crutchfield said.

A Tahoe with a trailer pulls up in front of the house. It then stops at the stop sign and waits.

"A couple minutes later you see on our other camera, another guy gets out and you see him walk around our trailer," Crutchfield said. "He just walked right in and they had their own key. They hopped in, started it and took off."

Crutchfield says the key was locked in a lock box on site. But that didn't stop this guy. Crutchfield says the culprit had one of his own.

"They knew what they were doing," he said. "Do they do this type or work and they've been around this type of equipment a lot."

That bobcat costs between $10,000 and $15,000. It doesn't stop there.

"They took a flat head or a pry bar and got underneath the bottom and at the top and managed to pry past those locks on it," Crutchfield said.

All together, a major loss for the construction company.

"That's $20,000 out of his pocket pretty much for the last month," Moore said.

Maybe even more if they keep using their hands.

A police report was filed. There is a $500 reward for anyone who can identify the two men in the video. If you can, you're asked to call the Tulsa Police Department.

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