Police have arrested one man and are looking for another in three dozen home burglaries in northwest Oklahoma City where residents were robbed while they slept.
Oklahoma City police arrested Jeremy Odell Smith, 23, on Monday on four complaints of first-degree burglary and two counts of receiving and concealing stolen property. Smith has prior arrests and convictions for burglary and concealing stolen property, court records show.
Police believe Smith could be responsible for more than a dozen similar burglaries in which thieves entered through an unlocked door or open garage and took wallets and other valuables, including laptop computers and an engraved pocket watch.
“He was striking in the middle of the night,” Master Sgt. Gary Knight said Thursday.
In one case, thieves took an electronic device from a bedroom where the victim was sleeping, according to a search warrant affidavit. In another case, the victim was asleep on a couch in the living room where the suspect took property.
Smith was linked to a car left parked across the street from a home where a man and his wife were awakened by a prowler at 4 a.m. March 26. The prowler was scared away, the affidavit shows, and the car's engine was still warm and the keys were in the ignition when it was found.
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I always tell people to lock your home as if you're not going to be there.”
Master Sgt. Gary Knight