Tulsa Police Searching For Man Who Damaged Downtown Building

Wednesday, July 22nd 2015, 11:29 pm
By: News On 6

Police are looking for a man who kicked in the door of a downtown building, causing thousands of dollars’ worth of damage.

The building owner believes the man was drunk and likely confused, but said that doesn't fix the huge problem he left behind.

The man they are looking for kicked a door to a downtown building, dozens of times, breaking the glass and causing damage to the door frame. He then walked away, leaving $4,000 worth of damage.

Video shows the man walk in through the first set of doors, stop and stare at the next door then push his head up against it, wanting inside.

He then starts kicking more than a dozen times, according to Diamond Security owner, Michael Heath.

"Each kick caused more damage," he said.

The glass finally broke, but the man still didn’t stop. He used his elbow, back and foot, time after time, to try and open the door with no idea he would never get through.

"He can't ever open the door because there is a magnetic lock here and it's over 1,200 pounds of pressure," Heath said.

Not giving up, he eventually gets down and slowly crawls through the broken glass to get inside, but then he's not sure what to do next.

“I immediately thought this is a club reveler. He has finished the night at the bar and he's intoxicated and confused. He doesn't know where he is at," said Heath.

Regardless of the reason, Heath wants the man in the video to come forward.

"We would hope that the guy would call us, turn himself in and call the police or us and say ‘Hi it's me, I'd like to make it right,’" he said.

Tulsa Police Sergeant, Bryan Bryden said, "It does happen quite a bit. When people are drunk, inhibitions are lower, and sometimes people do stupid things."

However, officers say crime overall is happening less and less downtown.

As more buildings and residential lofts are built, Bryden and other officers have focused their attention on decreasing crime in the area - one way is by open communication between business owners and police.

"Having everyone being aware of what's going on, and looking out for each other, letting us know what's going. That is absolutely key, because we can't do it by ourselves," he said.

Unfortunately, it doesn't appear anyone saw the man who kicked out the door, but if you recognize him or know who he is, call Tulsa police at 918-596-9328.