Woman warns others after burglars steal gifts outside local steakhouse

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OKLAHOMA CITY - A metro woman who was celebrating her mother's 70th birthday returned to her SUV to find her window shattered and a pile of presents were missing.

The weekend smash-and-grab happened outside an upscale restaurant in northwest Oklahoma City.

The women had been shopping and thought their items would be safe locked inside the vehicle while they went inside for dinner.

When they returned, more than $1,000 worth of women's clothing, boots and even jewelry were missing.

Stephany, who asked that we not use her last name, said, "You just feel violated."

A little shopping and a nice dinner at the Ranch Steakhouse all quickly went downhill.

She said, "The window was broken and all of the gifts we had just purchased were gone."

She took several pictures, showing the glass scattered across the backseat and the window shattered.

All of the presents she had just purchased for her mom were gone.

The only thing left behind were footprints, likely from the suspect.

Stephany said, "My mom, she was fine with it as long as we were all safe and fine."

Sgt. Jennifer Wardlow, with the Oklahoma City Police Department, said, "The holiday season, people are out doing a lot of shopping and criminals know that."

Police say shoppers should always put gifts in their trunk or out of sight.

Stephany says despite the disruption, the steakhouse was incredibly helpful.

She said, "They were very helpful. They had workers in the back who came and swept out the glass for me and put plastic over the window."

As for those gifts, she and her sister weren't going to let the thief ruin her mother's birthday.

Stephany said, "The next morning we snuck out and found it all again and brought it back and surprised her."

As for the crime, Stephany has this advice for shoppers.

She said, "Just go straight home and take it all inside and then go elsewhere."

Stephany says Ranch Steakhouse has surveillance video; however, police are still trying to determine if they can see a suspect in the video.

Police say there was a second car broken into that same night.

That car was parked just a couple of spaces away from Stephany's.

No word on what was taken from that vehicle.

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