Deputies: Burglar Used Sledgehammer To Smash Through Business Wall

Wednesday, December 16th 2020, 9:43 pm


The Tulsa County Sheriff's Office is investigating a burglary where deputies said a man used a sledgehammer to break through a wall of a business to get inside.

Tulsa County deputies said the burglar took what he could grab early Tuesday morning and left, but he came back about an hour later to take more.

"This is kind of unusual, both because of the way he entered the store and the fact that he actually made two trips, and when he comes back he's wearing a different jacket," said Casey Roebuck with the Tulsa County Sheriff's Office.

As the Sheriff's Office pieces together the case at Sassy's near Charles Page and 65th West Avenue, co-owner Austin Swarthout is dealing with the damage.

"I just can't believe that somebody would do that. I personally don't understand it," he said.

Security cameras caught the man inside the store's office around 3:30 a.m. Tuesday morning.

Roebuck said he steals a backpack, packs a few things from the office inside - then leaves.

"50 minutes later we see him come back through the hole in the wall," Roebuck said.

The second time he came back wearing a different jacket and set his sights on a different target.

Deputies said after walking into the store itself, he smashed the display cases and loaded up again.

"That sets off an alarm but, in the meantime, he's able to grab hundreds and hundreds of dollars worth of vaping supplies, e-cigarettes, miscellaneous items from inside the store; he takes off before we arrive," Roebuck said.

"This is going to cost this business owner around $2,000, so we would very much like to get our hands on this individual, identify him, and arrest him before he has the opportunity to burglarize another business."