NEW: Nichols Hills country club fighting a string of auto burglaries
NICHOLS HILLS, Okla. — A high profile country club’s parking lot has fallen victim to a string of smash and grab burglaries.
Nichols Hills Police say they want to talk to a group of people in surveillance video in connection with a string of smash and grab burglaries at the Oklahoma City Golf and Country Club.
Detective Casey Nix says the video comes from different stores around town where one of the victim’s stolen credit cards was used.
“On two occasions employees were able to see the suspect vehicle and actually get tag numbers on the vehicle,” says Nix. “Those tag numbers were later determined to be stolen.”
Within the past two weeks, police say in addition to credit cards thieves stole a laptop, a cell phone, a hand gun and three thousand dollars in cash, all visible from the car’s windows.
Nichols Hills resident Greg Story says, “They have the nerve to go over there in the country club parking lot with valet people around and people coming and going.”
Story lives across the street from the country club and says the parking lot has been targeted before. The club’s security has even used his driveway to stake it out.
“I went out there and said well what’s going on?” says Story. “He said we’re watching because of the car burglaries.”
Story and Detective Nix have one solution to the club’s problems if thieves come back.
“You just have to be careful,” says Story. “And lock your doors.”
“Always lock your vehicle,” says Nix. “And of course just don`t leave valuables inside the vehicle especially visible.”
However, Greg Story says the members had a right to think their things would be safe.
“Because it should be. It should be safe,” says Story. “You should be able to go over there and valet park your car and be safe.”