Oklahoma City man tracks down burglary suspect using surveillance video

A man used surveillance video to track down a teenager who was suspected to be involved with stealing a $20,000 pearl necklace and a wallet from a house the man owns in Oklahoma City, police said.
By Darla Slipke, Staff Writer Modified: August 13, 2014 at 6:19 pm •  Published: August 13, 2014
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An Oklahoma City man used surveillance video to track down a teenager believed to be involved in the theft of a $20,000 necklace and a wallet from a house the man owns, police said.

Michael Smith was checking on a house he owns on NW 28 while his tenant was on vacation when he noticed the back door had been kicked in, likely sometime between Aug. 2 and Sunday. A jewelry box that contained a $20,000 pearl necklace and a wallet belonging to the tenant were stolen.

The necklace was a birthday gift from the tenant’s father, Smith said.

Surveillance video from the home showed a person carrying a jewelry box from the residence and another person running from the home with the wallet while a third person stood lookout, police said.

Smith showed the surveillance footage to people in the neighborhood, who recognized one of the individuals and directed Smith to a residence in the 1800 block of NW 29. Smith said he waited down the block from the residence until he saw a teenage boy leave the residence, and then called police.

Officers arrested a 15-year-old boy on a complaint of burglary. They recognized the boy from the video, and the boy’s mother identified him as a person from the video, police said. The teenager appeared to be the lookout while the other two individuals went inside Smith’s house and took the property.

Officers continue to search for others involved in the theft.

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