Teens Confess To Over 100 Car Burglaries; Jenks Police Looking For Victims

Tuesday, June 21st 2016, 7:10 pm
By: News On 6

Police say they’ve identified three teenagers caught on camera burglarizing a car. They say the teens confessed to burglarizing more than 100 other cars.

Because the suspects are so young, police won’t release their names.

They also say they need to hear from anyone who thinks they were a victim.

Surveillance video shows three teens rummaging through a car in the Providence Hills neighborhood.

Jenks Detective Sergeant Melissa Brown believes it’s just one of many incidents in Jenks and Bixby.

"One of the suspects told me they hit over 100 cars. We aren't sure what they took out of those cars," Brown said.

Police said the teens stole from unlocked cars and open garages, but they haven't been charged. They said the prosecutors that deal with juvenile cases will decide that.

Andrew Parker thinks he's one of several victims in his Bixby Harvard Ponds neighborhood.

"It's like you want to take a Clorox wipe to your whole truck. You don't know what they've touched. You don't know what they touched before they got in your truck," he said.

Parker said he typically locks his truck, but one night he forgot and his golf clubs were stolen.

"Yes it was a lot of money you lose, especially since it was a Father’s Day present, but lesson learned," he said.

Police said some of the thefts were minor.

So far, only five people have reported crimes, so it's hard to say for sure if the teens are really responsible for over 100 burglaries.

Brown said, "If you could please make sure you make a report of your vehicle or home, even if you think someone rummaged through it, at least we could have it documented to know someone was in that neighborhood going through cars or houses."

Police say parents should pay close attention to their kids. If stolen items are found in the home, parents could also be held accountable.