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Woman warning others after credit cards stolen, used


EDMOND, Okla. – A metro woman has a warning for all Oklahomans after thieves got away with of her belongings, including her credit cards.

Marilyn Pittenger had just returned from a family trip.

She was too tired to unload her Lincoln Navigator so she locked the SUV and went inside.

Pettenger said, “The glass is still shattered. They busted it so hard it shattered all the way over there.”

She heard a noise in the night but didn’t investigate until an hour later. 

By then, thieves were long gone with her jewelry, cash and credit cards.

Edmond detectives said the auto burglars hopped on nearby I-35 southbound, drove to Moore and launched an expensive shopping spree.

“She started getting charges on her account that we were able to trace and they came from a Walmart in Moore,” Edmond Police Department Spokesperson, Jenny Monroe said. “We went to get the footage and it’s very clear and easy to identify them.”

Police would like to question two women and two men, caught on camera using Marilyn’s credit cards.

Authorities said they rented a movie from Redbox and then spent more than $400 on groceries, baby clothes and laundry detergent before the cards were deactivated.

Marilyn said she was thrilled with her bank’s quick response.

“The crooks were at the Walmart at 7:05 a.m. and by 8 a.m. the girls at Midfirst bank had it all cut off,” she said. “They did a great job.”

Investigators said these “smash and grab” burglaries are common but preventable. 

Marilyn says from now on, tired or not, she won’t leave anything of value inside her car overnight.