Thieves arrested "lifting weights"

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OKLAHOMA CITY — Two Oklahoma City men are behind bars Thursday accused of an unusual theft. Police arrested the pair last week for allegedly stealing test weights, weighing thousands of pounds, from a local crane company.

According to court records, the same two suspects admitted to stealing at least a half dozen test weights from the company.

The thefts spanned several weeks before police finally set up a sting operation leading to the arrest.

“They were rigging up the weights and pulling it in the back of their truck,” Gaffey Crane’s service manager Ed Lara said.

Lara says over the last two months, surveillance cameras caught two men, in the same truck, repeatedly stealing the test weights.

“We put a camera out but that didn’t bother them. They still did it,” Lara said.

In fact, several police reports, dating from early February and spanning into last week, detailed a string of related thefts at the business.

“It gets pretty upsetting. We’re trying to do our jobs and to have equipment taken, it’s aggravating,” Lara said.

With police help, last week undercover Oklahoma City officers stationed along N. Portland caught the accused thieves in the act.

“Our patrol officers were able to stop the truck with the men inside. They did have items in the truck that belonged to this business,” Oklahoma City police Sgt. Jennifer Wardlow said.

The two accused crooks are Elmer Momsen and James Cronch. 

The pair allegedly confessed to selling the weights at a local recycling company.

“To scrap’em they were getting $30 or $40 bucks. Apparently they thought it was worth it,” Lara said.

Both suspects are still behind bars at the Oklahoma County jail.

In addition to the stolen weights, police also recovered a small amount of marijuana on the suspects during the arrest.

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