BAPD, Wagoner County Deputies Arrest Car Break-In Suspects


Thursday, August 20th 2020, 6:18 pm
By: Reagan Ledbetter


BROKEN ARROW, Okla. -

Wagoner County Deputies and Broken Arrow Police said thieves broke into more than a dozen unlocked cars and stole many items, including at least one gun.

The suspected thieves were caught on video in a Broken Arrow neighborhood.

Robert Ramirez, a homeowner, said the thieves ransacked both of his cars and stole a knife and a machete he uses for work. He said it's scary people are so brazen and now walking around with weapons.

The surveillance video shows thieves opening unlocked car doors and going through everything inside.

Broken Arrow police said they are investigating at least three car burglaries and a stolen car, in one neighborhood, in the past 24 hours.

Wagoner County Deputies said four more burglaries were reported to them, but they expect more as victims find things missing. 

"It makes me sick. It makes me just very angry, very upset,” said Ramirez.

Ramirez said he was leaving for work when he realized the thieves broke into his car. He said in addition to taking a knife and machete, they tore apart the dash in his wife's car.

"That's a little concerning seeing someone walking around with that big of a knife around a neighborhood, with a bunch of kids,” Ramirez said. “It's a safe place.”  

He said once he reported it, he found out he wasn't alone.

“We started realizing when there was a purse in the street, tossed out in the middle of the road. Then it looked like several other cars just from when I left this morning, were hit as well,” said Ramirez.

Broken Arrow Police encourage people to stop leaving their valuables in their vehicles and lock their doors.

Ramirez said this experience has put him on high alert.

"It's not going to get you anywhere. You’ve got to suck it up. Go figure out life really quick, don't take it from people,” said Ramirez. “Just going into my vehicle, my wife’s, or anyone else's vehicle, it's not yours. What are you doing?"