Thousands Worth Of Appliances Stolen From Unfinished Home In Western OK County

Wednesday, January 6th 2016, 4:01 pm
By: News 9

Investigators with the Oklahoma County Sheriff’s Department are trying to track down some thieves responsible for a high-dollar heist.

The suspects broke into a home that is in the Summit Lake subdivision near Coffee Creek and May Ave. But what they may not have known is that they were caught on video by a neighbor's surveillance camera.

You wouldn't think there would be anything to steal out of a house that hasn't even been furnished or finished yet, but some crafty crooks took appliances out of the kitchen. And they were high-end too - totaling more than $10,000.

In all they got away with a range, double ovens and microwave that used to sit in a custom built cabinet.

“I don't know if they pry barred it, but they yanked it out and tore everything up,” said Tim Egan, the homebuilder who is now having to replace the pricey items.

The thieves left behind the high-end light fixtures and fancy barn doors. Egan says they probably couldn’t fit them in the car they were driving. But he is convinced at least two people are behind this late night break-in. And Egan thinks they may be fellow contractors.

“They were nice enough to cover up the electric plugs, and they turned the gas off, so my gas wasn't running,” said Egan. “So they didn't blow my house up for me. So I appreciated that.”

And Egan believes they were quick criminals too. He says they kicked in a side door and were in and out in a matter of minutes.

“I guess they pulled into the garage, closed the garage doors, loaded it up and then drove out the garage.”

Egan says the thieves broke into another one of his homes that is under construction nearby, but didn't take a thing. But a neighbor's camera was able to catch a video of the car they were driving as they backed into the driveway. Now it is in the hands of investigators handling the case.

“And hopefully, hopefully it will help,” said Egan.

Anyone with information that can help investigators solve this case is urged to contact the Oklahoma County Sheriff’s Office.