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If at first you don’t succeed: Police searching for persistent suspect caught on camera

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OKLAHOMA CITY - A would-be crook is caught on camera trying to dismantle a businesses surveillance system.

The theft came with one major flaw.

Another camera was rolling, catching the crooks every move.

The case is not exactly the crime of the century material, but even the victim admits it is pretty funny.

"When we actually watched the video it was I guess amusing," said David Snyder. "We had good laugh."

Snyder owns a business called Rental Headquarters near SW 59th and Agnew.

A would-be thief recently cut the line to one of his air conditioners, with the intent of stealing some copper.

"He came with tools. He knew what he was doing and was quick with what he was doing. It's probably not his first one," said Snyder.

The copper theft got interrupted when the bumbling bandit noticed a security camera overhead and tried to take the camera down.

The not so nimble thief fell once, climbed back up and grabbed the camera again without realizing his plan had one big flaw...

"I don't think he realized there was a second camera looking right at him," said Oklahoma City police MSgt. Gary Knight.

Eventually the security camera did give way and the suspect fell again.

"You can't keep stuff from being stolen. We just try to make it the most difficult," said Snyder.

For his part, David is obviously taking the vandalism and camera theft in stride, but still hopes to get the crook caught.

"I hope someone sees him and turns him in," said Snyder. "What are you going to do but keep working and make it difficult for the next guy? Hopefully they get the guy off the streets so someone else doesn't have to go through the same thing."

After stealing the camera, the thief apparently gave up his quest to snag the copper lines.

If you have any information on the crime, call CrimeStoppers at (405) 235-7300.