Caught on tape: Burglary of a Broken Arrow business

Tuesday, December 27th 2005, 2:34 pm
By: News On 6

A Christmas Eve break-in was caught on tape. Someone stole nearly $70,000 worth of equipment from the Berryhill Ornamental Iron Company in Broken Arrow.

News on 6 crime reporter Lori Fullbright has pictures of the thief at work.

The grinch showed up around 8:30 PM Saturday. He pulled out a company truck, then backed in his own truck and trailer to haul away the stolen loot. He's driving an 80's model Chevy truck. He's wearing ski mask, but, you can tell he's white, about 5-feet-10 and slender.

He spends a solid hour, loading up his trailer. Darin Berryhill: "Looks like he had known something of the business based on how he knew what to pick and choose and being Christmas Eve, he had plenty of time."

The thief took a variety of things, a pipe bender, pipe cutter, acetelyne torch, plasma cutter, cut-off saws, clamps, one piece of equipment is the only one like it in Oklahoma.

Even though it was all insured and business is moving as usual, the crime is infuriating. Heather Berryhill: "I've watched my husband work hard to build this business up from nothing and it does make me mad to see someone take everything he's built."

Darin has notified other area companies of the theft, but doubts the thief is going to pawn these items, instead, it appears he chose items to help him start up his own iron business. Darin Berryhill: "Almost a betrayal. You wonder who and want information. It was not a random act. There are many businesses back here and I have a tenant in the back and other things could've happened, I was a target."

The Berryhill’s certainly hope someone recognizes the thief who so blatantly loaded up their equipment and drove off into the night. The Berryhills are offering a $2,000 reward for the return of their equipment, no questions asked.

If you know who the thief is, you can call Crimestoppers at 596-COPS and if your tip leads to an arrest, you'll receive a cash reward.