Neighbor Snaps Photos Of Thieves Swiping A/C Unit In OKC

Tuesday, March 8th 2011, 11:00 am
By: News 9

OKLAHOMA CITY -- Two men made off with an air conditioning unit in southwest Oklahoma City, but they had no idea they were being watched.

The men stole the unit Saturday from a home in the 2500 block of S.W. 81st Street. While they were busy stealing, the victim's neighbor was busy taking pictures of their every move. The photos show the thieves using power tools to remove the unit, placing it in their truck and then driving away.

The home, which belongs to Cecil Blake, has been vacant for a few month. Pam Dunkin lives next door and said the thieves knocked on her door before the heist to see if anyone was home.

"I looked out the peephole. They didn't look like anybody that was there to invite me to church or to sell me anything, so I wasn't gonna answer," Dunkin said. "They made their way between our house and the neighbor's house, and so I went through to another room in our house, looked out the window and thought, 'Well, you know, do I take pictures? Do I call 911 first?'"

 Dunkin said her instincts took over and she went with the pictures.

"You get a good look at least at one of their faces on the photographs, and a good look at the pickup truck they left in," said Oklahoma City Master Sergeant Gary Knight.

The thieves were two white males in their twenties or thirties. They drove away in a red Nissan pick-up.

Anyone with information about the theft should call Crime Stoppers at 405-235-7300.