Upsurge of car break-ins leaves neighbors on edge

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OKLAHOMA CITY - Criminals target a historic Oklahoma City neighborhood -- breaking into a number of vehicles along one block.

They took off with all the valuables they could find, and left behind something else.

"Must not have been very long. I was out at ten after 6. Couldn't have been very long. Still smelled smoke in the car from where they must have been smoking."

It happened early Thursday morning. A couple of car chargers and a little bit of cologne were taken from one car.

The items were worth less than $100, but the cost was big for one of their victims.

"I think it's just petty stuff, but at the same time it just leaves you really feeling uneasy about being in your space and in your space," Hanscom said.

A neighbor walking her dog near Hanscom’s house spotted the thieves and scared them away.

"Thankfully one of our neighbors was out and saw them and was smart enough to post it on Nextdoor and make everyone aware of it."

"Nextdoor" is an app for your smart phone.

The high-tech neighborhood watch alerts residents to crime in their area. Hanscom says she discovered five other auto burglary victims on her street.

Oklahoma City Police warn there have been several break ins in the area recently. This victim says she won't make the same mistake again.

"No, I will not be leaving my car unlocked."

An eyewitness describes the thieves as two males, one white and one black. She says one was wearing a hoodie and backpack. If you know anything please call police.

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