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Altus police investigate roofing supply heist

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ALTUS, Okla._Investigators say a stolen truck, along with thousands of dollars worth of goods that were taken from a home improvement store in Altus have been found in Texas.

The break-in happened Saturday night at American Home Center. Police say the owner found out about it the next day when the Texas Department of Safety called to tell him one of his trucks was involved in a wreck in Montague County.

The thieves spent hours using a forklift to load up several pallets of asphalt roofing shingles onto two of the center's flatbed trucks. When the value of the flatbed trucks is included, the estimated cost of the theft is more than $100,000. Then they headed for Texas, but neither truck made it to their final destination with the stolen goods.

When police arrived at American Home Center they discovered the burglars had cut the padlock on the gate.

"They then went to the location of where the cameras were and took a piece of wood, it appears, and they knocked the cameras up to where they couldn't be seen on screen," said Detective Bill Perkins, Altus police.

The cameras were able to get a few shots of the burglars before they moved them. Police believe there were three or four people working together for several hours, starting around 9:00 p.m. Saturday.

"Both trucks were loaded down with shingles, traveling 30 to 40 miles per hour on the highway in line with each other. So, it appears at this time, that they spent a lot of time on the scene loading the property," explained Detective Perkins.

One witness saw the two trucks on highway 287 in Vernon headed east before one of them was involved in an accident Sunday in Montague County, Texas. Texas State troopers say the driver was not at the scene when they arrived, but they had heard that he had been ejected from the vehicle.

"I rather imagine whoever was involved in the accident was injured to some extent. It's to my understanding that they did locate some blood and that is something that we are definitely processing," said Perkins.

The second truck was found abandoned in Grand Prairie, Texas Tuesday morning by police. Perkins says thankfully it is very uncommon to have this large of a theft in Altus.

"The flip side to that coin is with a community the size of Altus a lot of people see things and a lot of good people come forward and give us information," said Perkins.

No one has been arrested for the crime yet but Altus police are hopeful that someone will come forward with information to help them find the thieves.

Police are asking the public to help solve this crime. If you have any information, call Crime Stoppers at (580)482-8477. You can remain anonymous and could be eligible for a cash reward.

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