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Would-be gold thief in Oklahoma City is shown on video

Oklahoma City police released a video of a man who attempted to steal from Oklahoma Gold Buyers, 9104 S Pennsylvania Ave. The man climbed through the ceiling tiles and lowered himself into the safe room, according to the incident report.
BY LEIGHANNE MANWARREN lmanwarren@opubco.com Modified: May 15, 2013 at 9:11 pm •  Published: May 15, 2013

Police released a video Wednesday of a man who attempted to steal valuables from a south Oklahoma City gold buyer by climbing through the ceiling tiles.

A man and a woman walked into Oklahoma Gold Buyers, 9104 S Pennsylvania Ave., about 1:25 p.m. May 4 to sell sterling silver spoons, according to the police report.

The man asked the manager, Sam Limbocker, if he could use the restroom. Limbocker said he heard a noise coming from the safe room and went to investigate. When he opened the door, he found the man hanging from the ceiling tiles.

“It was totally bizarre. We have talked it over here at the store a million times, and we have no idea what they were thinking,” Limbocker said. “That is the first time anything like that has ever happened.”

He said the man may have planned to camp out above the ceiling until the store closed but was too intoxicated to stay up there.

“He was scared out of his wits. I'm just glad he wasn't armed,” Limbocker said. “Either way, they weren't going to get anything. We lock everything up, and we are armed. Even if he was going to camp up there, we have motion sensors that if he came down after close, an alarm would go off.”

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