“We have an issue with people driving the interstate, and they’ll hit us,” Police warn of increased parking lot thefts

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OKLAHOMA - Police said people trying to get a night’s rest became targets of thieves as they slept.

It’s a problem investigators said is happening along the interstate.

"We have an issue with people driving the interstate, and they'll hit us, Yukon Hinton,” said El Reno Police Department Lt. Van Gillock. “The different hotels and motels that are right along the interstate corridor."

The most recent happened when a family from Texas stopped in El Reno for the night.

"They got a room and came out the next morning and found the window broken out of their vehicle,” Gillock said.

The family left about $2,000 cash and several pieces of expensive equipment inside their vehicle that someone stole.

"Some very expensive Cannon camera equipment, and they also left credit cards and IDs in there which were also taken,” Gillock said.

Immediately, the cards were used at a Walmart in Moore as well as a gas station and a Redbox.

"I think, with that large of a hit with just one time, they probably just decided to move and call that a night,” Gillock said. "They'll travel from the metro area, hit two or three places and then head home."

Police are working to obtain surveillance video to get a description of the suspects.

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