String of car thefts in Locust Grove

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Updated: 12/14/2012 9:19 am Published: 12/13/2012 8:42 pm

A little boy is feeling the impact after his family’s car was stolen and torched in a Green Country town.

"They stole it and burned it," said five-year-old Brandon Hughes.

His family’s Ford Explorer was stolen Thanksgiving morning and later found by police outside of Locust Grove wrecked and burned.

After the theft, Brandon drew a picture in his kindergarten class of him and a car and wrote “If I were president, I would make sure everyone has a car.”

"I had no idea that it bothered him so much," said Brandon’s mother Shanda Hughes.  "I cried. It was sad."

Working at a convenience store, Hughes usually knows all the gossip in town.

She was the first to find out about a string of car thefts that were wrecked or torched in Locust Grove.

"When I woke up Thanksgiving morning my husband came in the back and said ‘where is the car at?’ I said ‘it's outside,’" said Hughes.

However, the car was gone.

"I made it easy for them," said Hughes. "I can't believe I left my keys in my car. I am never ever going to do something like that,” said Hughes.

When she called police, Hughes learned she was the sixth victim.

"It's kids that are doing it and who are joyriding. They are not doing it for money they are doing it to be punks,” said Hughes.

She said police found her Ford Explorer at a dead end outside of Locust Grove. It was mangled and burned.

"It still had the smoke coming off of it," said Hughes. "It was crashed, the frame was bent."

Until Brandon becomes president, his mother said she can’t afford a car, but she can encourage all drivers no matter how small their town is they should always lock their doors.

"I thought it would have never happened here," said Hughes.

Police always recommend you never leave your keys in the car or your car running, especially at a convenience store and always lock your doors.

Another woman in Mayes County reported her daughter’s car had been stolen with her debit card inside the car. Thieves racked up charges at a convenience store in Pryor. They purchased beer, cigarettes, and synthetic marijuana. The car was found wrecked in a yard.

There is not a clear description of the car thieves.

If you have any information call Locust Grove Police at (918) 479-5253.

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Anonymous - 12/14/2012 8:15 AM
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Such a sad story for these little rural communities where everybody knows your name.
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