GOLDSBY, Okla. — The McClain County Sheriff’s Dept. is looking to catch a thief caught in the act.
The crook can be seen on surveillance video burglarizing a convenience store along I-35 in Goldsby over the weekend.
The store’s owner believes the suspect targeted her store to steal money from a fundraiser in honor of two men killed in a plane crash last year.
The break-in happened just 20 minutes after the fundraiser.
In the middle of the night last December, Rocky and Scott Beller were killed in a small plane crash.
Their family then started a non-profit foundation in their honor.
“We were just trying to make something good out of this tragedy, to make something positive happen and this is what someone did in return. So it’s pretty disappointing,” Robyne Cox said, family member and store owner.
Papers litter the floor in Robyne’s office after an unnamed crook pried open the wall outside the office and crawled in through a small hole.
The break-in, all caught on tape, came just minutes after a huge community fundraiser over the weekend.
“It’s really disheartening to think someone was waiting in the shadows to steal what I see is the community’s money,” Cox said.
“The way he made entry to the store was in the back, so traffic in front wouldn’t have seen it,” McClain County sheriff’s detective David Tompkins said.
The thief can be seen on tape for nearly 90 minutes in the office, mostly trying to break into a safe, clearly in no hurry to leave.
“He knows nobody’s gonna know he’s in there, so he’s thinking he’s got ample time to take care of his business,” Tompkins said.
For their part, sheriff’s deputies can’t say for sure the suspect intended to steal from the fundraiser or not.
“It might have been a coincidence but even if it was, it’s disheartening either way,” Cox said.
Although a few hundreds dollars were stolen from the business, none of the community’s donations were taken because they weren’t being kept at the store.