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Smash-and-grab car thieves infiltrate gated community


EDMOND, Okla. – Residents assumed this sturdy steel would keep intruders out.

But earlier this week, thieves pushed through the gates at Fairfax in Edmond and ransacked the vehicles of sleeping homeowners.

Allison Haynes said, “Six or seven people who had stuff taken.”

Haynes and her husband run an appliance repair business from their home.

The auto burglars smashed out a window and snatched a company notebook, electronics and more.

“They actually took an ice maker part, which was so strange,” Haynes said. “What will they do with that?”

Edmond Fairfaz robbery - Lance West

The crooks worked their way around a cul-de-sac, hitting one unsuspecting neighbor after another.

Suzanne Tims woke up to find glass in the driveway and her husband’s $32,000 work truck missing.

Police eventually found the Dodge Ram, abandoned about a mile away.

Tims said, “Both sides of the truck were scratched up and other people’s stuff was in our truck. It didn’t belong to us.”

The Tims will have to spend $8,000 to repair the truck and another $3,000 to replace the stolen tools.

The crime spree is a reminder to residents like Allison, to remove all valuables from their vehicles.

“We’ve moved everything around in the garage and got the van back in there,” she said.