OKLAHOMA CITY – A metro homeowner is trying to spread the word after thieves stole his car after he made a crucial mistake.
Around 4:30 a.m. on Sunday, two thieves were caught on camera breaking into Michael Haddad’s Toyota Highlander about an hour after he got home from a long night of driving for Uber.
“I got home at 3:30 in the morning, and I was tired. I guess I had a bunch of stuff in my pockets. So, I put my keys in my cup holder, and I pulled into the driveway and popped the garage open to go inside. I thought I locked everything up,” Haddad said.
Unfortunately, Haddad forgot to lock his car door and left a key ring with keys to both of his vehicles in the cup holder of the Highlander.
"I woke up in the morning and went outside to check on some stuff, and the Equinox was gone and the doors to the Highlander were still open,” he said.
Haddad checked his home surveillance system and saw two thieves breaking in to his vehicle. They rummaged through the car, eventually finding the keys.
The suspects were caught on camera leaving Haddad’s home and then returning a short time later to steal Haddad’s Chevy Equinox.
"I'm more mad at myself for leaving the keys in the car. There's specific tools that we have to protect our stuff. I feel like a failure to my family. My kid's bike was in the back. We just bought their new car seats. Had a checkbook. The bank is working on that,” he said.
Now, Haddad has a message for others.
"Doesn't matter where you're at, from Nichols Hills to the downtown Oklahoma City area, you gotta lock your cars,” he said.
The stolen vehicle is described as a black Chevy Equinox with a Love’s Echo Hearts sticker on the back window and a red octagon sticker on the front window.
If you have information that can help police, call CrimeStoppers at 405-235-7300.