“This is actually putting more guns in the hands of the criminals,” Police warn gun owners about auto thefts

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OKLAHOMA CITY - After a string of burglaries in southwest Oklahoma City, police are reminding gun owners to not leave their weapons unattended in their vehicle.

During the last week of July, Richard and Patty Thompson were targeted by a pair of thieves.

The couple says they had no idea their garage door was open when the criminals came in and broke into their truck.

The duo may have gotten away with a couple of guns and some cash, but they did not escape a home surveillance camera.

In the video, you see two alleged suspects. One of the men has a pistol in his hand.

"When we saw him in the video with a gun beside his leg, it really startled you, thinking what if I just opened the door for some reason?" Patty said.

"It's scary thinking that people come in your house like that," Richard said.

Thompson says they didn't even know they were victims until the next morning.

"They got in the console right here and took my money bag out with cash in it and two guns out of the center console," Richard said as he showed NewsChannel 4 the inside of his truck.

Oklahoma City police say they are not the only ones in the neighborhood who have been targeted.

"In most of these auto burglaries, firearms is what's been stolen," MSgt. Gary Knight said. "This is actually putting more guns in the hands of the criminals. So there's an important lesson. Number one: firearms probably shouldn't be left in automobiles.”

Thompson says they have learned their lesson and are already doing things differently.

"Now we lock the door to the garage. Take the keys, take the checkbook, take things out of the car, put them in the house. Lock them up," Richard said.

Thompson says an Edmond detective called him recently and said they recovered one of his guns after they arrested a burglary suspect.

 However, it is not clear whether that is one of the same suspects from this case.

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