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Theater thieves target historic building in Oklahoma City

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OKLAHOMA CITY - Surveillance cameras were rolling as two bumbling crooks invaded an old theater, leaving with thousands of dollars in property.

Renovations continue at the old Tower Theater in Oklahoma City. The inside is now filled with remnants of yesteryear, and tools to help bring the theater into the modern age.

Earlier this month, those tools were targeted by thieves.

"While it's going through renovation, lots of tools stored in there, lots of them were taken," said MSgt. Gary Knight, with the Oklahoma City Police Department.

Surveillance video posted by authorities is nearly two and a half minutes long, capturing only a fraction of the time the burglars were inside the building.

The cameras even captured a moment after one of the men fell to the floor.

"You do see him sit up and rub his head, and his buddy comes over to check on him and see how he is," said Knight. "They were taking their time, they knew what they were there for."

Authorities say they were looking for copper wiring and tools. They ultimately made away with roughly $10,000 in property, but the crime could cost much more.

"There was also damage to the building, that hasn`t been assessed yet," explained Knight.

The owner of the building had no comment on Wednesday, but police hope someone else might speak up, to help catch these theater thieves.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Crime Stoppers.