Copper thief gets put in headlock in one of employee’s ‘best take downs’

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OKLAHOMA CITY -- An alleged thief tried to make off with nearly 60 pounds of copper wire and was taken down by a Boardman employee early Friday morning.

Danny Kilgore works for the Southwest OKC company, and says he noticed alleged thief, Jeremy Johnson, hiding in a dark corner of a storage building during a routine check.

Kilgore says just seconds after Jeremy Johnson realized he'd been caught, he took off.

But Kilgore wasn't far behind.

"I threw a flashlight at him, hit him, made him stumble a little bit. Then just grabbed him, got him in a choke hold and took him down," Kilgore said.

Boardman sells metal products to a wide range of businesses, but Kilgore says it's hard to do business when they keep getting hit by thieves.

"When they steal stuff like that, it puts production behind," Kilgore said.

That's why now, they're fighting back.

"If we can stop it, we'll stop it," Kilgore said.

Owner Robby Hagemann says he's proud of his loyal employees.

"It means a lot, and we've worked hard over the years to create a culture that the success of the company is shared with the employees," Hagemann said.

He says this isn't the first time thieves have hit his business, but hopes that what happened to this last guy will make thieves think twice about stealing from them.

Jeremy Johnson was booked into jail on second degree burglary charges.

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