Thief Caught On Camera Loading Outdoor Heater Onto Scooter Then Riding Off


Tuesday, January 12th 2021, 9:49 pm
By: Amy Kauffman


TULSA, Okla. -

Tulsa Police is searching for a suspect after someone was caught on camera stealing a large propane heater from a Tulsa Restaurant by loading it onto a motorized bike and riding off.

The owners of Bohemian Pizza said this is the second time they’ve had one of their outdoor heaters stolen.

"He just put it on his shoulder like a cannon and just rode away," said Co-Owner of Bohemian Pizzeria, Patrick Johnson. 

Johnson said he noticed a large heater was taken from their outdoor seating area along with two propane tanks. He said this is now the second heater stolen from their property.

"I was like oh, they did it again,” said Johnson.

In the video you can see someone ride by on a small motorized bike, then they stop on the other side of the outdoor seating area. A few moments later, the person puts the heater on their shoulder and rides off.

“It was comical if it wasn’t our stuff that they were stealing,” said Johnson.

Johnson said the heaters were purchased through a grant from the city of Tulsa to upgrade their outdoor seating. He said the money was intended to help give restaurants a safe alternative for customers during the pandemic.

“We're just a small family owned business trying to get by in a pandemic so it's kind of a punch in the gut,” said Johnson.

Johnson said the video came from a neighboring restaurant, but this incident has prompted them to upgrade their security system as well. They've added additional cameras and lights and Johnson can even get notified if someone is there.

"We can turn it on whenever there's motion so it will actually shine the light like hey, you're on camera,” said Johnson.

Johnson and his sister opened the restaurant together in 2014 in the East Village at 3rd and Lansing in Downtown Tulsa.

He said it's unfortunate that it happened, but it won't stop them from looking ahead.

“We're just trying to make it here just like everyone is,” said Johnson.

Tulsa Police Department said if you recognize the person in the video, call crime stoppers at 918-596-COPS.