Two Arrested In Rogers Co. Construction Site Thefts
ROGERS COUNTY, Oklahoma - Two men are in jail in Rogers County accused of stealing thousands of dollars’ worth of appliances from homes being built near Owasso. One of those suspects left his driver's license at the scene of the crime.
Rogers County Sheriff Scott Walton said the men would break into homes and steal everything from appliances to copper from heating and air conditioning units. These are crimes deputies think will drop dramatically with these two men behind bars.
Deputies arrested Darrell Boyd and Christopher Yarbro on several complaints including burglary and stealing copper, crimes that local builders say are constant.
"We deal with this week in and week out," said Kyle Smalygo. "These appliance packages or these lighting packages that are taken from these homes can range anywhere from $1,500 to $5,000 and that cost just gets passed on to the end user.”
Deputies said Boyd admitted to keeping some of the stolen property at a home in north Tulsa. They searched the house and said they found stacks of light fixtures and tools.
"We had tools that these subcontractors were using, taken out of the homes as well as appliances, copper, things that just absolutely suck the profit out of a home for a home builder," said Sheriff Walton.
Walton said new construction theft is a crime hitting every community but said in the last several months they were taking reports almost every night.
"We threw every resource that we had available and some that we didn't to try and combat this," said Walton.
Deputies said they sat in neighborhoods day and night and got a break when Darrell Boyd left his driver’s license at the scene of a burglary.
"These homes were hit mostly through the nighttime by stealth. Some of these things Occurred in the daylight but pretty bold and brazen," Walton said.
Deputies said there are more people involved and expect more arrests to be made.