It's not too often a person gets crystal clear surveillance showing a crime being committed. Lee's Summit police are hoping high-quality surveillance video leads them to a pair of thieves.
The owners of the surveillance cameras talked about the state-of-the art system and the crime that's costing them money.
"Go get a job. It's not cool, not cool at all," Travis O'Guin, the president and CEO of Strange Music, said.
Two men swiped two decorative light posts from his Lee's Summit office he's currently renovating.
"It's super frustrating because they are probably going to get $50 at best at a scrap yard and it's going to cost me $2,882 a piece to replace plus shipping and assembly and installation so it's super frustrating," O'Guin said.
Video clearly shows the crime in progress and those who are committing it. When it comes to picking a target to rip off, the two thieves' choice might have been the worst possible. The building, on NW Victoria Drive, just west of Douglas Street, is the new home to Strange Music, the largest independent Hip-Hop label in the world.
"We have recording artists from all over the country who come here. We have Little Wayne, Tech N9ne is here. All these different artists come here so we have to have incredible surveillance," O'Guin said.
The surveillance video is some of the best police have seen, and authorities are hopeful the crime will be solved as soon as it's viewed by the public.
"It's exceptionally good video. A lot of times people will invest in a security system that is not of high quality and they get poor quality results," Lee's Summit Police Sgt. Chris Depue said.
For as angry as O'Guin is at the suspects, he's hoping his surveillance system will not only land them in jail, but prevent this from happening again and he too is confident the thieves will be caught.
"Seeing how I can almost tell you his blood type by the video, I think so. You have a guy in a black tank top, plaid shorts very clearly on the video footage and I know that we know a lot of people and a lot of friends of ours. Hopefully someone will recognize these guys and turn them in and get them to stop doing this kind of thing," he said.
The lampposts were primarily aluminum and it is believed that the thieves stole them for scrap metal.
The police department is asking for help from the public in identifying the two men pictured and the Dodge truck that they were driving. Anyone with information regarding the thefts, is asked to call the Lee's Summit MO Police Department at 816-969-1752.
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