Police search for car burglary suspects as case of the missing pink elephant closes

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Update 6/25/13: The pink elephant was returned by people who also allegedly gave the name of the culprit.

JONES, Okla. -- A slew of burglaries have Jones residents on edge.

At least two vehicles were broken into along Beebe street late Wednesday night. This comes a day after a pink elephant disappeared from a porch, and long after a gift eagle flew its coop.

Police are now asking for help tracking down those responsible, or those who have clues as to who might be behind the car burglaries.

"They just threw everything out of the console," said Sergeant Joe Bradley, with the Jones Police Department. "Made a mess of the people's vehicle."

Liz Parsons was on her way to work when she discovered her car had been targeted.

"I got in my car, and somebody had went through my glove box," said Parsons. "My insurance papers and stuff like that was just thrown everywhere."

Now many in Jones fear crime is on the rise.

NewsChannel 4 first brought the story of the missing pink pachyderm last night, a hot pink statue that stood outside a resident's home for years.

"I reported a theft, my pink elephant had been stolen off my front porch," said Clarinda Freeman, who owns the elephant.

It was an odd lawn larceny, but it wasn't a first for the town.

Before the elephant, it was a six-foot-long eagle statue that disappeared from Mayor Ray Poland's home, early one summer.

"I collect eagles, most of my tattoos are eagles...to have it stolen like that is disheartening," explained Poland. "My hope is, it's a couple knuckle head kids playing a prank."

The eagle, the elephant, and the Beebe break ins...three random crimes without an obvious link.

But police say there is a common theme.

"Seems like during the summer these things kind of tend to escalate," said Bradley. "For the most, part we have a fairly quiet community."

The Jones Police Department is now looking for an older model 'tan Chevy Monte Carlo', that could be connected to the car burglaries.

Anyone with information is urged to contact Jones PD.


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