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Rogers County Business Owner Hopes New Cameras Catch Burglar

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Image of burglar taken from security camera. Image of burglar taken from security camera.
Business owner Louie Gardner. Business owner Louie Gardner.
Rogers County Sheriff Scott Walton. Rogers County Sheriff Scott Walton.
ROGERS COUNTY, Oklahoma -

A Rogers County business owner is just about at his wits end. He's lost count of the number of break-ins at his place.

He keeps improving his security, and he may have finally caught a break.

Louie Gardner has had a string of break-ins at his business. He owns Utility Cable between Claremore and Verdigris.

"Before they'd just cut the fence, and we'd fix the fence then they'd move to the next place, we'd fix that and they'd move to the next place," Gardner said.

They'd steal tools and anything they could move for cash. Gardner said the company's lost maybe $50,000 worth of stuff over the past couple of years.

Sheriff Scott Walton said they've improved the fencing and the lighting, but the best thing is to increase the number of security cameras, "He's done a lot to make his business secure."

The latest system Gardner put in has 12 cameras. It gives them a pretty good look at the essential areas of the business, and during the latest break-in, on Sunday night; they got a picture of one of the characters breaking into a truck.

Walton has a series of pictures of one guy and he's hoping someone will recognize him and turn him in, "We just need that follow up. Someone will recognize this individual and help us identify him; nothing would be greater than to recover some of Mr. Gardner's loss."

Gardner couldn't agree more, "It's time to come to work in the morning and know all your stuff's gonna be here."

If you have information that might help, call the Rogers County Tip Line at 918-341-3620. You can remain anonymous.

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