Mead 'smash and grab' burglars caught on camera

MEAD, Okla. (KXII) -- Surveillance video obtained by KXII shows two suspects smashing through the front door, stealing items, and taking off in less than 30 seconds.

Donny Simmons has owned Push’em Station for more than 30 years. He said the thieves made off with 20 cartons of cigarettes, 10 of which were later recovered.

"I hope they're proud of themselves,” Simmons said. “We're not very proud of them, in fact, we're quite disappointed."

The burglary took place just after midnight on Dec. 30.

Dalton Ray Bomsburger, 19, and Fantasy Dusk Paul, 18, were arrested later that day.

Now their names and photos are prominently displayed on the store's front window.

“Sometimes, this is the thanks you get,” Simmons said. “But we’re giving them some free advertisement in the Push’em Station Hall of Shame. It’s really disappointing. I mean, besides losing a night’s sleep you got the repairs, the cost of the repairs. The cost of the merchandise.”
Simmons said this is the first time his store has been burglarized since installing a surveillance and lighting system almost a decade ago.

"We had actually just upgraded them and I'm glad we were able to do that because they were instrumental in apprehending them,” Simmons said. “Along with the sheriff's office and the great work of the deputies."

Bryan County Sheriff Johnny Christian said deputies came across the car used to commit the crime during a routine patrol.

"Hubcap was missing and emblems on the back of the vehicle which met the description of what had been part of the burglary the night before at the Push’em Station,” Christian said.

Christian said surveillance systems at businesses and residences are a big help in investigations, and encourages the community to invest in them.