Business Owner Catches Ladder Thief on Cam

Armed with surveillance video and tired of waiting for investigators, a business owner reaches out for help catching a criminal.

Luke Cochran said his South Omaha roofing company was hit once before, the would-be burglar was scared away by security lighting, but managed to smash a surveillance camera and police responded quickly. But December 22nd, a criminal struck again, this time no response from authorities.

"It’s like he knew he was coming here to do this, he puts his hood up,” Cochran said. His surveillance video captures a theft in broad daylight. A man walks up to the entrance of Home Pride off 52nd & Q Streets and checks to see if anyone is inside. What happened next is frustrating for Cochran, forced to watch as a thief starts going to work on two of his trucks.

"On a Sunday, across the street from the church,” Cochran said. "This is obviously a grown man, with an agenda that came here to steal those two ladders."

In the video, two of Cochran’s work ladders were removed from the trucks, both stretch well over 30 feet once extended, and well past the six foot truck bed they were placed in.

"A cable lock, locking them down … if you are a real criminal, you are getting them but it is going to keep the honest guy honest,” Cochran said. What is most frustrating Cochran says, is despite the signs warning of security cameras in use and the bulky ladders, this thief struck in broad daylight and didn't seem to care.

"I hate thieves, stealing a man's work and a man's way of making a living because obviously both of those ladders are going to have to be replaced and we will go replace them with new ladders, 12 13 hundred bucks,” Cochran said.

The truck drives off down Q Street but Cochran hopes someone knows who this man is and speaks up.

After WOWT 6 News put in calls to police about this story, and Omaha Police Spokesperson said someone will soon be sent to Home Pride to begin an investigation.

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