OKLAHOMA CITY — Little Matthew Roddy turned seven-months-old on Sunday. But that wasn’t the only excitement for his family.
“I started panicking, your heart sinks, stomach starts turning. I come up far enough to see the door leading to the house was wide open. And that was it, I was like crap,” said his mom, Emily Roddy.
Emily and little Matthew returned from their walk to find her husband’s car stolen and her purse that was inside the house, gone. As she’s talking with police, she sees the stolen car, still on her street!
“I said oh my gosh, that’s it. And so he jumps in and takes off,” said Roddy.
“Officers attempted to stop the vehicle. Vehicle pulled over. Male subject bailed out, ran one way. Female bailed out, ran the other way,” said Lt. Eddie Southard with the Oklahoma City Police Department.
Police caught the female fairly quickly. Roddy says she actually watched her walk down the road, not knowing who she was.
“I was suspicious of her because I had two houses of neighbors in my yard and everyone’s talking about what’s going on, cops everywhere. And she doesn’t stop, she doesn’t ask anything, eyes straight forward and she’s walking a little too fast,” said Roddy.
Air One, the police helicopter and the canine unit were called in to nab the male suspect.
They traced him to LSB Industries, a business on N.W. 39th, just blocks from the home, after the business alarm triggered.
“We got a call from the alarm company that said that they had got an alarm on the building, that they thought someone was inside,” said LSB Industries General Manager, Steve Lovhaugh.
It didn’t take long for the dog to track the man down, even inside the huge warehouse.
“From my understanding, the suspect surrendered. The dog did not bite the suspect,” said Lt. Southard.
The Roddys are glad their car was found.
“I looked inside the car and there was not much damage with it. So things could have been a whole lot worse,” said Scott Roddy.