EDMOND, Okla. - An alert neighbor led police to the arrest of a woman who may be connected to four burglary cases in the area.
Police say 38-year-old Connie Hendrix was arrested after she matched the description of an alleged burglar.
"A neighbor was home and saw a white U-Haul drive down the street, stop, then pull into a neighbor's driveway," sad Jenny Wagnon, with the Edmond Police Department.
That neighbor contacted the homeowner, who verified that no one should be at the house.
Wagnon says jewelry, wedding rings, perfume, cologne, a MacBook laptop, three guitars, a bass amplifier and cash were all stolen from the home.
The very next day, an officer saw the truck and driver matching the description of the alleged suspect and pulled her over.
"In fact, one of the stolen laptops was in the cab of the truck at the time," said Wagnon.
She says once questioned, Hendrix admitted to taking the items.
"She said that they were driving by, the garage door was up, they knocked on the door and when no one answered, they went in and took the property," said Wagnon.
However, it didn't end there.
According to court documents, another Edmond resident saw a U-Haul pickup pulling out of his driveway as he was arriving home, just moments before he discovered items from his home were missing. Police say he's one of four recent burglaries tied to Hendrix.
"We were able to come up with stolen property from three recent business or residential burglaries as well," explained Wagnon.
She says the stolen items, in total, are worth about $14,000.
With four burglary charges on the books, Hendrix was arrested again Tuesday outside a department store. Police say she and two juveniles picked up an array of items worth about $735 before heading to the checkout line.
Wagnon says Hendrix bought a few items and used a shopping bag to cover the stolen items in her shopping cart as she exited the store, where she was confronted by Loss Prevention and police. At that point, she admitted to taking the items, but police noticed something else.
"We found on her not just stolen merchandise but meth and paraphernalia," said Wagnon.
Hendrix now faces multiple burglary and drug charges.
Police say these cases reinforce the need to keep serial numbers and records for items, especially electronics.