Thieves target rural property owner three times in one week

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ENID, Okla. - A stake out leads to the arrest of two burglars accused of stealing thousands of dollars worth of items.

Deputies believe the alleged thieves thought a rural piece of property several miles east of Enid was an easy target.

The property had already been targeted twice and officers were working to make sure the owner wouldn't be victimized a third time.

Garfield County deputies staked out the property two nights in a row.

"It's no different than hunting for game or deer. People have patterns, people have their idiosyncracies, so they keep coming back," said Sheriff Jerry Niles, with the Garfield County Sheriff's Office.

On Friday and Saturday night, the owner says thieves stole a truck, trailer and tools.

"There was probably close to $30,000 in value taken," said Niles.

Around 12:30 a.m. on Tuesday, two alleged suspects pulled into the driveway.

"[Deputies] sat and watched the subjects. They thought it would be relatively quick that they would come in, take the items, steal the items and leave," he said.

Three hours later, the suspects were apparently still in the house, rummaging through tools and trying to start another vehicle.

"Deputies finally got a little impatient by 3:30, decided enough's enough, with the sergeant, came in, both on foot and with vehicles," Niles said.

Officials arrested Crystal Bowlan and Charlie Hulsey.

Niles says surveillance operations are becoming more common in his county as rural thefts are on the rise.

"We've done several surveillance operations like this that have gone weeks at a time, as long as we have the manpower available," he said.

After having problems with thieves earlier this year, that property owner has installed security cameras .

Authorities are now searching through that video for additional evidence against the alleged suspects.

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