Facebook post helps Rogers County deputies nab burglary suspect, break up large-scale theft ring

Posted at 5:05 PM, Oct 17, 2017
and last updated 2017-10-18 05:33:48-04

ROGERS COUNTY, Okla. -- Sheriff's deputies are working one of the largest theft cases in their agency's history, and they credit a social media post for helping them make an arrest. 

On Friday the Rogers County Sheriff's Office shared a picture on its Facebook page of a burglary suspect captured on surveillance at a construction site. Within hours social media users helped identify the suspect as Jeremy Cupps. They even led deputies to his location at a truck wash business on N. 161st East Avenue near I-44 in Catoosa. 

Deputies arrested Cupps after a short foot chase, then they went inside the business and found hundreds of power tools, heavy equipment and vehicles that apparently had been stolen over a period of years. 

Investigator Michael Glover with the Rogers County Sheriff's Office said deputies also found an inventory list of items stolen and sold from as far back as 2014. 

"They had a legitimate operation for stealing items and selling them quick," Glover said, "so they knew what they were doing." 

Deputies arrested Cupps for an outstanding warrant in Rogers County, and they said he had other warrants in Tulsa County worth about $250,000. Charges are now pending for the burglary bust, but deputies said they expect even more arrests to come.   

"It's a big deal because hopefully it will slow down the thefts from construction sites," Glover said. 

If people suspect their stolen equipment may be among the haul recovered by deputies, they should contact the Rogers County Sheriff's Office. 

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