Neighborhood on edge after crime outbreak
NORMAN, Okla. – A small Norman neighborhood now was a big problem: they are being targeted by thieves stealing items from their cars.
The thieves have hit more than 20 victims in 5 days, in a one-mile area.
Police say it happens mostly at night, and generally from unlocked cars.
“You leave your iPad, your computers, your iPhones, all these valuable pieces of equipment and property inside the car, these people will take them and it will only take them a matter of seconds,” Captain Tom Easley said.
Sally Allnut says her car was locked when someone stole $20 in change from the console.
Several people along her block have been hit. Her next door neighbor even put up a warning sign that read “ALERT! Someone broke into our car last night.”
“I took whatever I had in my truck because it stays here in the driveway all the time,” Neighbor Leman Gailstrap said.
“It’s just frustrating because you don’t ever know. And that’s our big thing is are they going to come into our house next?” Allnut said.
Police say they have several strong leads that could help them catch the culprits.
They also say if you don’t want it stolen, don’t leave it in your car.