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TPD: Suspected burglar held at gunpoint by employee near N. Utica, I-244

Posted at 8:37 AM, Nov 21, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-22 10:32:20-05

TULSA, Okla. — Rusty Guinn is a subcontractor, who has had $5 thousand worth of his equipment stolen this year. Early Thursday morning, he almost lost $20 thousand more.

"It's just out of pocket. If you don't have insurance, and even if you do you have a deductible, a lot of it's out of pocket," Guinn said.

But Guinn says others in the warehouse have had it much worse. He says the shop has been hit a dozen times this year, with as much as $30 thousand in equipment vanishing.

That's why when he got an alert someone was messing with his cameras, he jumped right out of bed - at 3:00 a.m.

"If we don't catch them on camera, and our cameras are saying no signal, we know someone's messing with our cameras," Guinn said.

Guinn's sister could hear the burglars in the room, even though the video was cut. He drove to work, and caught two people in the act.

He says one slipped away and ran out the hole they cut on the side of the building. But the other he cornered, and held at gunpoint until police arrived.

"I'd stay gone," Guinn warned to any potential future thieves. That would be their best bet."


Tulsa police took a man into custody who they say broke into a business near North Utica Avenue and I-244 early Thursday morning.

Police arrested Timothy Green after responding to a 'pointing a deadly weapon' in progress call.

When police arrived, they found an employee had Green at gunpoint.

Police say two men broke into the warehouse through an old hole in the side of the building. The men cut the surveillance camera lines, however, the employee still had audio surveillance on the business.

Police say the employee responded to the scene and found two men inside the business. One ran away while the employee had the second man, Green, at gunpoint, police say.

Police say the men had gathered power tools and had a large spool of copper tubing in a bag before they were caught.

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