Police warn of handyman heists

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NICHOLS HILLS, Okla. — Nichols Hills police are investigating a series of handyman heists. Police say the suspect has repeatedly been hired to fix up homes but winds up stealing from the homeowners instead.

Police are now warning folks not to hire the suspect. 

If they have hired him recently, make sure nothing got stolen.

The suspected handyman is accused of numerous crimes across the metro.

Outside a day care in Oklahoma City, an unsuspecting victim had her purse snatched from her truck this week.

“We have witnesses who saw the man get in the truck, take items, then leave,” Oklahoma City police Sgt. Jennifer Wardlow said.

A short time later, Oklahoma City police arrested the alleged thief for driving erratically.

The suspect is Brian Drury.

Nichols Hills police say Drury, hired as a handyman, also recently stole guns from one home in the city and jewelry from another.

Drury then allegedly sold the stolen merchandise at several pawn shops.

“He did have a lengthy record of pawning property. Stuff that was potentially taken in all kinds of burglaries,” Wardlow said.

“Don’t even let him even pull in your driveway,” Kathryn O’Shea said.

Kathryn, a Moore resident, recently hired Drury through his company, Elite Ventures.

Drury is charged with defrauding Kathryn for home repairs totaling $13,000.

“My feelings were hurt because I liked him. I’m hurt he would do something like this,” O’Shea said.

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