TULSA, Oklahoma April 4 2012 - Police say a security guard stopped a burglary in progress late Monday night and held one of the two suspects at gunpoint until officers arrived. Police think the same two suspects may have tried to burglarize a jewelry store just minutes earlier.
The burglary happened just after 11 p.m. at the Backwoods store in the Farm Shopping Center at 51st and Sheridan.
A security guard making his rounds came around a corner and spotted a white Toyota Tundra pickup parked in the center’s parking lot.
The guard noticed a man in the driver’s seat and approached the vehicle. “While he was approaching that truck, a suspect came out of the Backwoods store with an armload of merchandise that he was stealing out of there. They had broken into the store,” said Tulsa Police Sgt. Darren Bristow.
The security guard held the driver, 21-year-old Kurt Hodgeson of Broken Arrow, inside the pickup truck at gunpoint.
Tulsa Police say the other man ran off. They say the other man is 31-year-old Steven Kinman. He is described as a white male, 6′ tall, 180 pounds, with brown hair and hazel eyes.
The merchandise, which police say was backpacks and hiking pants, was recovered.
Hodgeson was booked into the Tulsa County jail on complaints of 2nd degree burglary and attempted 2nd degree burglary.
Tulsa Police believe a burglary attempt at Moody’s Jewelry store on East 71st Street a few minutes earlier may be related.
Police responding to an alarm at Moody’s found a hole in the front glass door, but no one inside the business.
Surveillance video shows a white male getting out of the passenger seat of a white Toyota Tundra pickup and using a hammer to break the door glass.
When the alarm sounds, the man gets back into the truck which drives off.
Anyone with information on Kinman’s whereabouts is encouraged to call Crime Stoppers at 918-596-COPS.