Midtown Tulsa neighbors want burglar caught

Posted at 5:43 PM, Sep 26, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-27 05:28:22-04

TULSA -- It's becoming more common for homeowners to have surveillance video and most of the time it's helpful to law enforcement. But Tulsa Police need a bit more than just a face caught on camera to pursue an arrest. 

East 36th Street and South Louisville Avenue is just one of the intersections of the Sonoma-Midtown neighborhood where neighbors are on the lookout for criminal activity. This time, they claim it's one of their own neighbors. 

“Don’t break into my house, you’ll get shot," one neighbor said. 

A pair of shoes is all you'll see. 

“A lot of people breaking into places," she said. 

One neighbor is afraid to show her face because she's worried she'll be next. 

“I have called the police," she said. 

A Sonoma-Midtown neighbor called 911 when she says she witnessed a man in a cowboy hat turning the front door knob on her neighbors porch to see if it was unlocked.

The homeowner claims the man on camera took $3,000 worth of personal items. 

“In time they will get caught," neighbor Jennifer Harmon said.

Jennifer Harmon has a watchful eye.

“He is always seen on a certain kind of bike, wearing a certain hat and seen carting all of these things that report being stolen," she said. 

A quarter of a mile down the road, near 33rd Street and Indianapolis, a man who works at a local charity claims they were hit.

“I drove in one morning and the gate was open and the shredder was gone," he said. 

Tulsa Police say there have been 19 burglaries in 6 months within a half mile radius. 

“It’s always the same address," Harmon said. "He’s the person we have on at least one security camera that was part of burglary that a neighbor witnessed.” 

TPD says thieves have to be caught in the act and have proof that the items were taken to the same address.

"What we’re finding is that everything we’ve done in the past to help police that has helped them and they’ve been able to make an arrest and conviction isn't enough in this instance with this recent rash burglaries and thefts," Harmon said. 

To move forward, midtown neighbors are looking for guidance from police. 

TPD says it's crucial that homeowners immediately call 911 and save any pictures and videos that might be helpful. 

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