Accused thief breaks into car then goes to victim’s home

An accused thief burglarizes a man’s car outside a metro bank.

The suspect stole the victim’s personal information before trying to break into the victim’s home.

Tonight police are looking for the public’s help catching the suspect.

Inside a bank near NW 22nd and Western, a 70-year-old man made an honest mistake.

Arthur Washington said, “I left the keys on the counter, not knowing I did.”

Snagging Arthur’s keys, the suspect went outside and rummaged through Arthur’s Cadillac before quickly emptying the glovebox.

Washington said, “He cleaned the glove compartment out and I had a stack of papers in my glove compartment.”

A surveillance picture inside the bank showed the accused thief.

Later that night police say the suspect showed up outside Arthur’s house.

“We believe the suspect came to the victims house,” said Oklahoma City police Sgt. Jennifer Wardlow. “He probably had the address from the papers taken out of the car and appeared to try and steal the vehicle.”

Fortunately, the suspect couldn’t get inside the home and left, but the crime can still serve as a warning to others.

“If at all possible take anything that has an address out of your vehicle,” said Wardlow. “A lot of people will go to the mailbox and put mail in the glovebox. We’d encourage people make sure you take it inside and don’t leave it in your vehicle.”

Arthur says he has his own warning for the accused thief.

“I say come back if you want the Cadillac. You want it so bad,” said Washington. “I have a weapon. I’m a military man. I know how to shoot. You know where I live, come on back and get it.”

Anyone with information on the man seen in the picture is asked to contact Crimestoppers.

That number is (405)235-7300.