Oklahoma roofing company finds stolen equipment thanks to tech

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ARTICLE. SO THEY TOOK THE WHOLE BOX AND PICK INTO ONE OF ITS BUCKETS. AND THEN OUR BOXES THROW AWAY AND AN OUTSIDE STATE UPHOLSTERY COMPANY WAS CAUGHT ON RED HANDING STEALING MATERIALS FROM A JOB IN OKLAHOMA CITY. AT THE END OF THE DAY WHEN THEY REALIZED BOXES MISSING. DURING OUR DAILY ROUTINE, WE DISCOVERED THAT ONE OF OUR AIR TAGS DOES NOT MATCH THE REST OF THE AIR TAGS THAT WE JUST RECOVERED. AFTER CONFIRMING THAT IT WAS NOT IN OUR OFFICE. AND IT WAS NOT JUST A DISTURBANCE. WE WERE ABLE TO LOCATE THE COMPANY’S LOCATION TO DISCOVER THAT IT WAS ANOTHER LOCATION OF ANOTHER CONTRACTOR THAT WAS CURRENTLY UNDER CONSTRUCTION AFTER A RECENT JOB THEFT THAT COSTED THE COMPANY $7,000. THEY BOUGHT SOME POCKET SIZE INSURANCE SHOCK INSURANCE FIRST YOU KNOW WE ARE LIKE OH MY GOD THIS ACTUALLY WORKED. USING FIND MY IPHONE. IT TELLS YOU HOW FAR AWAY THE ERROR TAG POINTS YOU IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION UNTIL YOU FIND IT. FINALLY WE FOUND THE AIR TAG ON THE ITEM AND LEARN THAT SEVERAL BOXES OF SUPPLIES STOLEN WITH THE HELP OF THE OKLAHOMA CITY POLICE. YOU FOUND THE MATERIALS ALREADY USED IN THE CITY. UNFORTUNATELY IN THE ROOFING INDUSTRY, STOLEN OF MATERIALS IS FREQUENTLY COMMON. So when we saw that it was a roofer from abroad, we weren’t really surprised. BUT BECAUSE YOU CANNOT PROVE WHICH EMPLOYEE TAKES IT, THE COMPANY SAYS YOU MAKE NO CLAIMS. IF WE CAN FIND EXACTLY WHO DID IT, WE WOULD COLLECT NUMBERS OF COURSE. BUT THERE IS A NEEDLE AND A STACK OF NEEDLES THAT HOLDS. SAYS THIS SERVES AS A WARNING TO CONTRACTORS, GOOD AND BAD. IT’S JUST AN INSURANCE FOR US AND THE PEOPLE WHO WORK WITH US, THAT WE KNOW THAT WHAT WE SEND OUT WE CAN EITHER TRACK AND RECOVER OR IT GOES TO B

New technology helps Oklahoma roofing contractor track stolen equipment to foreign contractor

According to Stronghold Roofing, this serves as a warning to other contractors

Updated: 7:45 am CDT May 5, 2023

An Oklahoma company used new technology to track down items stolen from an OKC construction site by an out-of-state contractor from another company,” said Zach Simmons, vice president of Stronghold Roofing. Click here for the latest breaking news Stronghold Roofing was conducting a staff count of its materials at the end of the day when it realized that some boxes were missing said Simmons. “Once we confirmed that it wasn’t in our office and that it wasn’t just a glitch, we were able to track down the location to find out it was a different location from a different contractor that was under construction.” After a recent job site theft that cost the company $7,000, Stronghold Roofing purchased pocket-sized insurance. “First a shock. We said, ‘Oh my God. That actually worked,'” Simmons said. Track the airtag and see which direction it was headed until it was found. With the help of the Oklahoma City Police Department, they found the materials that were already being used across the city. “Unfortunately, it’s pretty common for materials to be stolen in the roofing industry,” Simmons said. “So when we saw it was an overseas roofer, we weren’t really surprised.” Stronghold Roofing said it’s not filing charges because it can’t prove which employee took the materials. “If we could find out exactly who did it, we would file a complaint. But right now it’s just a needle in a stack of needles,” Simmons said. Stronghold Roofing said this served as a warning to other contractors. “It’s just an assurance for us. The people who work with us know what we’re sending there so we can track it down and recover it or keep it safe,” Simmons said. Top Headlines Faith leaders and state officials ask Gov. Kevin Stitt to grant clemency for Richard Glossip Driver dead after car crashes into light pole at northeast Oklahoma City intersection OU students, faculty say goodbye to dorm in roadside demolition ceremony Oklahoma students left after bus driver left, won’t return

An Oklahoma company used new technology to track down items stolen from an OKC construction site by an out-of-state contractor for another company.

“They took the whole box and threw it in one of their buckets and then threw our boxes out,” said Zach Simmons, vice president of Stronghold Roofing.

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Stronghold Roofing was conducting a staff count of their materials at the end of the day when they discovered that some boxes were missing.

“As we went through our daily routine, we realized that one of our airtags did not match the other airtags we had just recovered,” Simmons said. “Once we confirmed it wasn’t in our office and it wasn’t just a glitch, we were able to track down the location to find out it was another location owned by another contractor who is currently in the was under construction.”

After a recent job site theft that cost the company $7,000, Stronghold Roofing purchased pocket-sized insurance.

“First a shock. We’re like, ‘Oh my God. That actually worked,'” Simmons said.

Using a cellphone, the company was able to track the Airtag and see which direction it was heading until it was found.

“We eventually found the airtag on the property and found that several boxes of materials had been stolen from us,” Simmons said.

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And with the help of the Oklahoma City Police Department, they found the materials that were already being used across the city.

“Unfortunately, it’s pretty common in the roofing industry for materials to be stolen,” Simmons said. “When we saw that it was a roofer from abroad, we weren’t really surprised.”

Stronghold Roofing said it was not filing charges because it could not prove which employee stole the materials.

“If we could find out exactly who did it, we would file a complaint. But right now, it’s just a needle in a stack of needles,” Simmons said.

According to Stronghold Roofing, this serves as a warning to other contractors.

“It’s just an assurance for us. The people who work with us, that we know what we’re sending there, that we can track it down and recover it or keep it safe,” Simmons said.

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