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Thief swipes computer, power tools from Lawton Country Club

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LAWTON, Okla._ More than $1,000 worth of equipment was swiped from the Lawton County Club early Tuesday morning.

The thief cut a hole into the property's chain-link fence, entering a nearby storage unit and stealing a few power tools and a computer. Now, police hope the computer will help them track down the suspect.

"I noticed some tire tracks and then I came through and noticed some footprints in the snow and once I come around the corner that's when I saw the building was opened up," said Justin Gary, the supervisor in charge of the grounds.

The snow has helped Gary to piece together a story of what happened around 1 a.m. Tuesday. Gary says nearly $500 in power tools and a laptop worth $700, were taken.

The country club has since hired a technology consulting firm to locate the computer, which, in turn, could help locate the thief.  

"We have access to see the IP address, where it's located and we're able to track that," says Jeremy Wright, the lead consultant at The Wright Way. "The last location we tracked it in was Mustang, Okla. and that was on the (Tuesday) at 1:01 a.m."

For the past two days, however, the computer has not been online, which makes it impossible for Wright to obtain updated information. When they do finally come online they're hoping to utilize the computer's webcam.

"We'd be able to use that web cam to actually snap a picture of the perpetrator," says Wright.

Back in March, vandals broke into that same storage unit, trashing the place and stealing money out of a vending machine. The country club will be taking precautionary measures including the installation of new and stronger fence to prevent this from happening again. 

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