OKLAHOMA CITY - A string of car burglaries near Lake Hefner leads to a shopping spree with a stolen credit card.
Thieves recently targeted a number of cars in the Bluff Creek area, near MacArthur and Hefner, stealing whatever they could grab, including one woman's purse.
Police say the break-ins were crimes of opportunity and once the crooks had what they wanted, they wasted no time spending the victim's money.
Tina Ledet's day started out pretty routine. She made a short drive to her favorite walking spot.
“I come here two or three times a week,” said Tina Ledet.
But on this day at Bluff Creek Park, her routine was smashed along with the window of her car. Her purse was missing from the backseat.
“We are walking our normal one or two miles that we walk and I get a ping on my cell phone and it's asking if I just made purchases to Target,” she said.
Ledet says thieves used her credit cards to make two purchases at the Target on N.W. 54th and May.
“One was for $900 the other for $1,000. I feel victimized,” she said.
She wasn't the only victim.
Police say thieves did the exact same thing the following day. Another couple's car parked at Bluff Creek was also burglarized.
Their credit cards used immediately at the Target on Rockwell and N.W. Expressway.
Surveillance photos captured two men police want to talk with in connection with the burglaries.
Police say the second victim's credit cards where hit with more than $5,000 worth of charges.
As for Ledet, she now has a new normal.
“When we came the next day, we didn't bring anything that we didn't carry in our hands,” she said. “I'm trying not to let it dampen my Christmas spirit. This time of year, there has been a lot of things like this happening and it's been very inconvenient having to change everything out.”
Ledet says while she did leave her purse inside her car, it was not visible so the thieves had to look for it.
Police want to remind everyone: don't leave anything valuable inside your vehicle, even if it's tucked away.