The Edmond Sun

May 10, 2013

Edmond soccer moms report auto burglaries

Police have turned the case over to another agency

Mark Schlachtenhaufen
The Edmond Sun

EDMOND — A second agency is investigating four auto burglaries at an Edmond soccer complex that could be part of a larger crime ring, police said.

At about 1:45 p.m. May 4, Police Officer William Wright was dispatched to take a report on an auto burglary at the 16-field Service-Blake Soccer Complex, 1502 W. Danforth, used by the Edmond Soccer Club, according to an incident report filed by Wright.

The victim told Wright she arrived for a soccer game about 45 minutes earlier and left her purse between the rear seats covered up with a jacket. The suspect shattered the rear passenger side window and grabbed the purse, the report stated.

Wright responded to a second call about an auto burglary at the same site. Fellow Officer Gregg Regier also took two auto burglary reports from the site.

Items reported stolen by the victims vehicles included wallets, a $1,200 Gucci purse, a driver’s license, a Social Security card, books of checks, credit cards, other cards of value, a Coach bag, various amounts of cash and sunglasses.

Vehicles targeted were two 2011 Cadillacs, one of which was an Escalade, a 2007 GMC Yukon and a 2011 Buick. Entry was made by breaking windows. Two of the victims had left their purses between the rear seats covered up with a jacket. Another had left her purse between the back seats but it was not covered. Another had left her purse on the rear passenger side floorboard.

Police spokeswoman Jenny Monroe said the burglaries could be part of a bigger crime ring now being investigated by another agency. Monroe urged Edmond residents to remember to secure their valuables wherever they go.

“It doesn’t matter where you are, how long you are going to be gone or how familiar you are with the area — don’t create a crime of opportunity by leaving a purse, bag, backpack, computer, tablet, wallet or phone out in a vehicle,” Monroe said. “If you must leave the items in the car put them in the trunk.”

Edmond Soccer Club seasons usually span 10 weeks during which at least eight games are played, according to information posted on its website. | 341-2121, ext. 108