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Missouri thieves caught on camera stealing light posts

When local authorities investigate a crime caught on a building's legacy video surveillance camera, the image is often grainy and too unclear to make out perpetrators. In Lee's Summit, Missouri, however, the state-of-the-art surveillance cameras outside a structure being renovated by Strange Music were able to capture crystal-clear picture of two thieves stealing decorative light posts, according to a report by local TV station KCTV.

Strange Music is the largest independent hip-hop label in the world, with artists that include Lil Wayne and Tech N9ne, among others. As a result, according to the news source, Strange Music CEO Travis O'Guin installed advanced surveillance tools to ensure the property remains protected. O'Guin hopes releasing the footage will help local law enforcement locate and bring in the thieves.

"It's exceptionally good video," Lee's Summit Police sergeant Chris Depue said, according to KCTV. "A lot of times people will invest in a security system that is not of high quality and they get poor quality results."

According to the FBI, larceny was the second-most common crime in Lee's Summit in 2010, as more than 1,700 incidents were reported to the agency. By deploying innovative video surveillance systems, local businesses may be able to deter theft more effectively and help police apprehend criminals.

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