Would-be burglars kick in door, police search for suspects
OKLAHOMA CITY– Neighbors in an upscale northwest Oklahoma City neighborhood are shaken up after a brazen home invasion Tuesday morning. The suspects struck in broad daylight and residents in the area tell us it has happened before.
The two men police are looking for allegedly walked down the streets of Glenhurst, near N.W. 122nd and MacArthur, advertising lawn care services. Once they realize no one is home, police say that is their green light to walk right in.
Sgt. Gary Knight, with Oklahoma City Police Department, said, “This doesn’t appear to be a home invasion. Although the people were at home, it appears that the burglars didn’t think anyone was at home. That’s why they were ringing the door bell. Nobody answered so they kicked in the door. Once they realized someone was there, they fled very quickly.”
Still shaken, the victim told us off camera that she watched the two men lift each other up to see inside before they decided to kick that door down. The homeowner screamed and the intruders ran from the scene.
Fortunately, no one was harmed. MSgt. Knight says that’s because these criminals probably are not targeting this neighborhood to hurt anyone.
Knight said, “Most burglars prefer for nobody to be home so they will concoct some story. So when they ring the doorbell or knock on the door, if somebody answers they’ll have something to say.”
Oklahoma City police are asking everyone to be nosy neighbors so you know who is supposed to be in your neighborhood and who is not.
“Usually, it’s a perfectly safe situation and they’re there for a legitimate reason,” says Knight. “But sometimes it’s a criminal looking for a home or a vehicle to burglarize.”
Glenhurst resident Bettie Swyden lives nearby. She has one solution to the recent burglaries.
“More police,” says Swyden. “This needs to be policed more.”
She knows she lives in a very nice neighborhood, so she thinks criminals are attempting to break in, thinking they won’t come out empty handed.
“They know that if you break in somewhere and you steal everything, they know they are going to replace it,” says Swyden. “So they’re sitting ducks. They’ll do it again.”