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Jenks resident captures car burglary on security camera

Posted at 5:19 PM, Jul 29, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-30 18:23:18-04

JENKS, Okla. -- A Jenks resident is crediting his surveillance camera mounted on his dashboard for capturing a clear picture of two men breaking into his car.

"Even though it’s the cover of night, the cover of night is not so secure anymore for these bad guys," said Sgt. Shane Tuell, Public Information Officer of the Tulsa Police Department.

Jenks resident James Hart woke up Saturday morning to an alert on his phone from an app called Owlcam.

"Since my phone wasn’t in the vehicle it alerted my phone with a push notification and turned on the light and sent me the video clip and uploaded it to the cloud," said Hart.

Footage from the Owlcam caught two men breaking into his car around 4 a.m.

"I was really surprised at first, just trying to figure out what was going on, and then once I watched it, their remarks and that kind of thing, it kind of made me chuckle and it's kind of amusing at this time," said Hart.

They were rooting around his car for less than ten seconds, when the light popped on and they realized they were being recorded. They got away with some spare change and loose dollar bills.

"Luckily they were only in the car for 15 seconds so they didn’t have time to get into the trunk where I had some other things which probably would’ve been a greater loss," said Hart.

Police officers say the close up, crystal clear picture can really help out in their investigations.

"These minor cases build up, and cost a lot of taxpayers money, money in the loss of their items and also the money of police services that are eaten up on us going to calls like this," said Sgt. Tuell.

Hart is hopeful the clear video helps investigators identify who broke into his car, and wants others to use technology to their advantage.

"Someone is going to put you on video and you’re going to be embarrassed because the video is out there, and you’re going to be in jail," said Sgt. Tuell.

If you recognize the two men in the video, you're asked to contact Jenks police.

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