“That’s pretty brazen, to go on a church lot during a funeral,” Cars broken into outside church

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EDMOND, Okla. -- Criminals target a church parking lot, breaking into two cars during a funeral Thursday afternoon. The burglars made away with purses from both vehicles, but the family was able to take quick action before much more was lost.

"Kind of a pathetic action that was taken while you're in there, strictly trying to spend time with family," said Chris Harris, who attended the funeral.

Confusion and anger outside of Waterloo Road Baptist Church, after the funeral of Rex Scott Tomlinson ends with sheriff deputies on scene.

"When they came back out to their vehicles, two people found that someone had broken out a window and grabbed their purses," said Mark Myers with the Oklahoma County Sheriff's Department.

Not one, but two spots of broken glass littered the church parking lot Friday afternoon.

"Fortunately, the victims were able to cancel all their credit cards; the purses weren't valued at much," said Myers.

The Sheriff's Department is now reminding everyone to keep their belongings out of sight, no matter what the occasion.

"That's pretty brazen, to go on a church lot during a funeral... If you have valuables inside your vehicle, at the very least, try to hide those out of plain sight."

Given the circumstances, the family is praising Waterloo Baptist for their response.

"The church was gracious, they were great," said Harris. "They showed great concern and assisted in all ways afterwards... Nobody's to blame but the people who did it themselves."

Officials say the church does have surveillance cameras, but they were aimed in different directions from where the burglaries occurred.

Those with information should contact the Oklahoma County Sheriff's Office.

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