Tulsa Men Catch Burglar Through Vigilant Neighbor, Facebook Tip

Friday, December 7th 2012, 6:35 pm
By: News On 6

An alert neighbor and a Facebook posting helped burglary victims catch the suspect red-handed and get some of their stolen stuff back.

It was the second time in seven days father and son Jeff and Trevor Moss had their home broken into. But this time a neighbor took a picture of the thief's truck as it was leaving, and that was the beginning of the end.

"I got home around 10:25 a.m. and the neighbor across the street came running out. ‘I got a picture of them, they came back,'" Trevor said.

Trevor and his dad, Jeff, couldn't believe thieves had come back for a second time in seven days, so they called police and Trevor posted the picture on the News on 6 Facebook page and his own, asking if anyone knew who owned the truck.

"Within 10 minutes of me posting it on Facebook, one of my friends messaged me and said I know whose truck [that is]. He said it was so and so and they live at this place," Trevor said.

So, Trevor and Jeff raced there, to Apache Manor apartments.

"We were on the phone with 911, and the cops were just pulling in. As they were pulling in, we see the truck pull into the apartment complex, which has our amp in the back of it right now," Trevor said.

"I was going, ‘There it is, right there. Go get him,' and they took off across the street and stopped it right there," Jeff said.

Police quickly handcuffed the driver and, in addition to the Mosses' stolen amp, in the truck officers found more of their items in an apartment and learned yet other items had been pawned.

"They stole about $10,000 worth of stuff," Jeff said.

The Mosses said they realize they won't get everything back, but they said they're glad somebody has been caught. Now, it's back to the house to patch up their broken window, again.

They still had plywood up from the last time it was broken. This time, the burglar broke more glass and knocked out the plywood and the suspect left behind blood smears.

Jeff and Trevor said they still can't believe how quickly it all came together and are thankful to the neighbor, Facebook and police.

The suspect was arrested, but he has not yet been booked.

Trevor is currently in drug court. He's said he's been in recovery from an addiction for 18 months. He said the suspect is someone he knew from before he got clean.