High-Tech Devices Help Catch Burglars At OKC Business


Thursday, June 27th 2013, 9:49 pm
By: News 9


A burglary suspect got quite a surprise Monday morning, just hours after police say he and at least one other man stole more than $50,000 worth of equipment from a local roofing company. 

Surveillance video from last Sunday night shows two men, with bandanas hiding their faces, breaking into Oklahoma Roofing and Sheet Metal. 

The 30-year-old Oklahoma City company says because they're tired of being stolen from, they installed sophisticated satellite GPS devices on all of their trucks and equipment. 

Just hours after the burglary, employees found a stolen truck and all of their stolen equipment outside 39-year-old Thomas Marcus' home.  When police confronted Marcus, they say Marcus was wearing the same clothes he was wearing in the surveillance video. 

Marcus is in the Oklahoma County jail on $3,500 bond. 

"I'm sure he's thinking ‘Holy crap! How did they find me within five hours?'" Oklahoma Roofing Superintendent Jurl Welchel said. "I guess they don't know what we got. We're that dedicated to our equipment, that we're not just gonna sit back and let it happen. It's traceable."