App helps Bixby police recover stolen items

BIXBY, Okla. - Police are looking for a man they say stole a truck, trailer and thousands of dollars worth of equipment from a lawn care company early Tuesday morning.

According to police, the thief targeted the Yard Sheriff.

The company's general manager, Darrin Deshazer, discovered the missing items when he walked into work.

After noticing one of the company's trucks was missing too, Deshazer said he called police and then used an app to track the movements of the truck, which was equipped with a GPS device.

"When I logged into the app, [the truck was] actually on 131st street heading toward Broken Arrow," said Deshazer.

Deshazer shared the information with police, who were able to recover the truck in Wagoner County.

"Without that tracker, it would have just been a mass search through the Tulsa area and it probably wouldn't have got discovered," said Deshazer.

Police said they also found $75,000 in stolen equipment, some of it belonging to another business.

Police are looking for Seth Brandt, the person they believe may be responsible for the thefts.

According to Deshazer, Brandt is a former employee of his.

Deshazer said he is thankful the items were recovered before the busy spring lawn care season.

Anyone with information is urged to call Bixby Police or Crime Stoppers.

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