Authorities are using a reported open garage door and burglary in the Deer Creek area as a reminder for residents to keep them closed.
Oklahoma County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Mark Myers said the search for a suspect accused of committing the burglary continues. Following their posting related information on the agency’s official Facebook page on Wednesday, they received several tips identifying persons of interest, Myers said.
The OSCO is seeking information from the public regarding a group of people who used several credit cards stolen from a Deer Creek area burglary, Myers said.
The incident was reported May 8 when the victim in the 1000 block of Lariat Trail noticed someone had gone inside of their garage, which they left open overnight, and took credit cards out of the victims unlocked vehicle, according to the incident report filed by traffic safety Deputy Greg Crump.
Crump stated the victim’s $300 Coach purse was taken, and it contained her wallet, driver’s license, credit cards, work ID, miscellaneous keys, a computer flash drive, iPod ear buds and $60 cash.
Her credit card company had sent several fraud alerts overnight, which she saw that morning, Crump stated. Locations included a convenience store in north Oklahoma City, a Wal-Mart in south Oklahoma City and a McDonald’s and a store at unknown locations, Crump stated.
Someone also tried to use one of the credit cards at the Newcastle Casino, Crump stated.
Investigators were able to retrieve video/photos of five to six people using the stolen credit cards to purchase items, Myers said. The Oklahoma County Sheriff’s Office is asking the public for help in identifying the suspects by calling 869-2501.
It only takes a matter of minutes for a criminal driving down the street to stop, enter the garage and house and take whatever they can carry, Myers said.
“We’d also like to take this opportunity to remind folks to always close your garage door, and secure your vehicle,” Sheriff John Whetsel said. “During the summer months we tend to see an increase of burglaries where victims leave their garage doors open and unsecured.”
Burglaries related to open garage doors are also a periodic issue in Edmond.
Police Officer James Hamm said last year the Edmond Police Department received 409 reports of open garage doors.
“We want people to make sure they close their garage doors so they don’t make their property easy targets,” Hamm said. “It’s also a good idea to make sure valuable items like golf clubs, bicycles and lawn equipment are not easily seen from the street.”
Hamm said officers who work overnight attempt while patrolling neighborhoods to contact home owners when they find their garage doors open.
Public safety experts say residents who often forget to shut their garage door should consider purchasing an “open garage door indicator” that alerts them when the garage door has been left open.
Also, some garage door manufacturers have an automatic system that recognizes when a garage door has been left open and will close it after a specified period of time. Contact your garage door manufacturer for more information if interested.
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