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Edmond plagued by auto burglaries

Thieves broke into 25 vehicles in two days in Edmond. Police are asking people to call 911 if they see anything suspicious in their neighborhoods.
by Diana Baldwin Published: August 31, 2012
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Police urged Edmond residents this week to lock all their vehicles after 25 auto burglaries were reported over two days.

Edmond typically has about 500 auto burglaries a year, an average of about 40 a month, said Capt. Tim Dorsey.

Thieves this week have been going through residential neighborhoods trying to open unlocked vehicle doors, Dorsey said.

Officers think the thieves are in their teens or 20s.

“If you see a kid walking down the neighborhood, call 911,” Dorsey said. “Call quickly and give us a chance to check on it.”

Most of the recent burglaries happened between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. Many were discovered as people were leaving for work, he said.

Typically, Dorsey said, thieves work in groups, walking through neighborhoods pulling on door handles and stealing items from inside the vehicles.

People have lost cellphones, chargers, money, CDs, briefcases, backpacks, purses and global positioning systems.

“Periodically, they break out a window,” Dorsey said. “But they don't want to make any noise.”

The hardest-hit area this week was Timberidge addition, between Covell and Danforth roads and Broadway and Bryant Avenue, with seven auto burglaries reported.

There were three in Cardinal Ridge addition, between Covell and Danforth roads and Midwest and Douglas boulevards. Two were reported in the Coffee Creek and Clayton Pond additions.

Coffee Creek is located between Kelly Avenue and Broadway off Coffee Creek Road. Clayton Pond is between Coltrane and Sooner roads and Second Street and Danforth Road.

Single burglaries occurred in other housing additions and apartment complexes.

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by Diana Baldwin
Sr. Reporter
Diana Baldwin has been an Oklahoma journalist since 1976 and came to The Oklahoman in 1991. She covered the Oklahoma City bombing and covered the downfall of Oklahoma City police forensic chemist Joyce Gilchrist misidentifying evidence. She wrote...
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