The Edmond Sun

Local News

August 30, 2012

Police report auto burglary outbreak in Edmond

EDMOND — Edmond police officers have responded to 25 auto burglary calls since Tuesday, a spokeswoman said.

Jenny Monroe, spokeswoman for the Edmond Police Department, said a number of additions have been hit during the two-day period. The Timber Ridge neighborhood, located near the Boulevard-Danforth intersection, has reported the highest number of incidents.

Other neighborhoods reporting auto burglaries include:

• Douglas Boulevard between Second Street and Danforth;

• Coffee Creek, located near the Covell-Bryant intersection;

• Clayton Pond, located near the Second Street-Sooner intersection;

• Windmill, located near the Bryant-Coffee Creek intersection;

• Whispering Creek, located near the 15th Street-Santa Fe intersection;

• Fox Lake, located south of Second Street and west of the Interstate 35 Frontage Road;

• Old Towne, located near the Covell-Bryant intersection;

• The Sooner Road and Sorghum Mill area;

• Kickingbird Apartments, located south of Kickingbird Golf Course; and the

• Spring Creek apartments, located near the 15th Street-Rankin intersection

Edmond Police Capt. Tim Dorsey said it is believed the thieves work after dark between the hours of 11 p.m. and 5 a.m. Generally speaking, these types of crime are committed by groups of three or four males who are often out-of-town teens to in their early 20s, Dorsey said. They target areas that are less lighted than others. They get out of the car and walk the street, pulling on car handles to see if they are not locked.

If they are not locked, they will take most anything inside including GPS devices, briefcases, backpacks, computer equipment, cell phones, cell phone chargers, purses and cash, Dorsey said. It is believed they sell most of the items; a cell phone charger can be sold for about $5, and selling 10 chargers means an easy $50, he said. These types of individuals may also carry a duffle bag, something in which to put the items.

Dorsey offered the following suggestions for protecting your property:

• Lock your car. The thieves are mostly hitting unlocked cars. Only a couple windows have been broken. Too many citizens leave their cars unlocked, Dorsey said.

• Don’t leave any items in open view in your car. Either stow them in the trunk or take them inside.

• Consider leaving outdoor lights on. They can deter thieves and, perhaps, help others see a burglary in progress. Thieves target secluded, dark areas.

• If you see suspicious activity, call 911. You can remain anonymous and the Edmond Police Department will send an officer to investigate the activity immediately.

Dorsey said in an average month, the agency receives about 40 auto burglary calls. Increased auto burglary activity happens every once in a while, and is a problem common in many communities, he said. | 341-2121, ext. 108

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