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Local Business Owners Uniting to Catch Criminals

Posted at 4:56 PM, Apr 13, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-13 18:56:13-04

TULSA, Okla. — It looked like a scene from a police movie, a high speed chase through busy streets. But it wasn't, it was real life and the person chasing a car is not a police officer.

Ashley Johnson runs an auto repair shop in Tulsa and two nights ago it was broken into in the middle of the night.

Her business was not the only one burglarized. Several have been for the last few weeks. Each having one thing in common, a white pick-up truck used in the crime.

So, Johnson and the other business owners took to Facebook sharing pictures and videos of the truck and suspects.

Someone on Facebook noticed the truck and said they knew the owner. That led Ashley to a house where that person might be. That's when she saw her stolen trailer and the chase began.

Johnson streamed the chased on Facebook Live and admits it was not the safest decision.

"It was silly. It might have been a little irresponsible," Johnson said. "But we were angry and wanted answers."

The crooks crashed a van into the shop door to get in. Now Johnson's losses are much greater than a damaged door and stolen trailers.

"They damaged a mint condition 1957 Chevy Bel Air when they rammed that door," Johnson said. "So, now I'm liable for that as well."

Johnson says the owner just purchased the car for $57,000.

Tulsa Police told 2 Works for You a possible suspect has been identified and the information will be passed to the Tulsa County Sheriff's Office.

If you have any information or have been a victim, contact the Tulsa Police Department.

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