OKLAHOMA CITY – People who live near Lake Hefner are fed up with a recent string of purse burglaries.
"People started parking at the Louie's lot, and they started breaking in there too,” Ruth Rickey, who lives in the Bluff Creek neighborhood, told News 4.
Rickey told News 4 it’s been a problem in the Lake Hefner area for years. The thieves often target runners and cyclists, like her.
"You can't take anything with you. Like I only take my ID and a $20 bill, and I put it in my back pocket of my cycle jersey and that's it,” she said.
Last month, a resident of the Bluff Creek neighborhood posted on Facebook about a burglar who crawled through his doggy door and stole his wife and daughter’s purses while they were sleeping.
Someone else who lives nearby also posted on Facebook about finding a stolen purse in his backyard, along with the victim’s items scattered throughout his lawn.
"It's horrible. I mean you want to feel safe when you come home, and park your cars and things like that,” said Ceresta Hill, who also lives in Bluff Creek.
Rickey told News 4 that other people within her cycling community have witnessed thieves sitting up on a hill looking over Bluff Creek Park by Lake Hefner with binoculars.
"People say that that's what they've witnessed. So, somebody will call somebody down there and say, okay, this car and whatever. So, yeah, it's a whole plan,” she said. "If you're going to put something in your trunk, you need to put it in your trunk at your house, not at the place you're stopping because they watch you do that.”
"The criminals are a lot smarter than us normal people,” Hill said.
The victim of the doggy door burglary filed a police report.
We checked with police, and no arrests have been made.