Tulsa Police, Local Company Replace Woman's Windshield After Car Vandalized

Friday, January 15th 2021, 4:29 pm

TULSA, Okla. -

The victim of a burglary got some help from the detectives who worked her case to replace a broken windshield after her car was vandalized.

It's been almost two months since Odessa Jones has been able to drive her own car. 

“I’ve just been putting off all my doctors appointments and everything just to do the basic stuff that I need to get done. Just groceries and stuff," said Jones.

Before Thanksgiving, someone vandalized Odessa's car and several others in her apartment parking lot. The vandals tore up the interior and shattered the back windshield. 

“It’s just been a real strain on the family because of this because I’m the eldest. And me not having a vehicle, it’s really put a real strain on us. Especially through the holidays," said Jones.

She has been relying on friends and family for rides, including taking her to visit her mother in the nursing home, but Jones' luck just changed.

“To me, it almost feels like they are victimized a second time when they have to go and replace their own window or fix something. Sometimes there are struggles for people to do that on their own," said Lieutenant Tim Means.

Lt. Means with Tulsa Burglary Unit, the Tulsa Police Foundation, and Safelite Auto Glass are replacing her windshield, free of charge. 

“It’s not always that we’re going to be able to get their stuff back, but if we can partner with somebody and actually get some things fixed that were broken," said Lt. Means.

The Safelite techs had Jones' car ready to go in less than an hour. 

“He went above and beyond. I am so grateful to Safelite and the police department and everybody involved with helping me try to get back to some sense of normalcy," said Jones.