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“We just can’t understand it,” String of burglaries, vandalism plague Stillwater businesses

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STILLWATER, Okla. - A string of burglaries has store owners in Stillwater angry.

In one smash and grab, the burglar only got a few packs of cigarettes but left an expensive mess behind.

Windows are boarded up on the building where someone threw a rock through the window to get inside and steal merchandise.

It happened at two stores, three times, all in a one-week period.

It’s back to business as usual at the Git ‘N’ Gallup on North Perkins after a big scare over the weekend.

A burglar used a large rock to shatter their window.

About a week before, someone threw a large brick through another window and didn’t take anything.

But, this time, the burglar got away with one thing.

“All he got was some cigarettes. He was extremely motivated about these Camel 99s,” said store clerk Wes Luster.

The next night, nearly the same thing happened on the other end of the building at The Vapor Store.

Even the rock the burglar used looks the same - glass was everywhere.

About $1,000 in merchandise was stolen.

Don and Paula Roberts own the building.

They built it 40 years ago, and they’ve never had this kind of trouble before.

“It’s like a new breed of criminal or something. They just don’t care about anyone else’s property at all,” Paula said.

The Roberts are now going to install steel bars over all the windows and likely add more security cameras.

Paying for that and the damage, they’ll be out around $20,000.

“Enough is enough,” Don said.

This rash of burglaries comes right after a string of rooftop burglaries that had Stillwater store owners on alert for months.

Police did catch that man, and now the people here hope the burglar behind the smash and grabs will soon be in jail, too.

“We just can’t understand it. I still think this is the greatest town in the world, but this is not us, this isn’t Stillwater,” Don said.

The stores did have some security cameras, but it was too dark to get a look at the suspect.

Anyone with information on the burglaries should call the Stillwater Police Department.