|Updated: 10/30/2012 9:29 am
||Published: 10/29/2012 9:50 pm
An alert neighbor snapped a photo of a suspicious man in her neighborhood, but she didn’t know just moments before the man was suspected of breaking into a home in Owasso and stealing guns.
The home break-in happened on Thursday morning in Owasso in the Three Lakes neighborhood near E. 86th Street North and U.S. Highway 169.
When the victim got home from taking her kids to lunch she saw her neighborhood lit by police lights.
"When I got home there were four police cars," said Maya Sanchez.
Her neighbor called police after hearing a gun shot outside her home.
"What if I would have come home? I would have probably caught him inside my house with my two guns and my two kids. One is on the hand and another on the hip,” said Sanchez.
She canvassed her home and didn’t find anything out of place until she went into her bedroom.
"The mattresses were on the floor,” said Sanchez.
Her rifle and pistol were gone.
"The guns were supposed to keep me safe and now they are gone," said Sanchez. She also found missing items that mean nothing to a thief but are irreplaceable.
"My husband's medals," said Sanchez.
Her husband who is now a chief in the Navy earned ten commendation and achievement medals in the Navy.
Other memorable items were stolen.
“Money from around the country he had been too,” said Sanchez.
Her husband knocked on doors and put up flyers.
Then police said there was a possible break in the case.
"I've got a picture, I've got a picture!” said neighbor Ony Russell.
She lived around the corner near the pond and saw a suspicious person in the woods out her window.
“He was holding a rifle. I thought it was a bb gun,” said Russell.
She didn’t know he could have been the same thief who broke into a family’s home and stole their guns.
Russell thought it was another vandal by the pond and she wanted him stopped.
"We have had so much trouble and I wasn't going to put up with it,” said Russell.
So, she handed over her picture to police. Meantime, the Sanchez family said they are grateful for alert neighbors and are stepping up their security.
"It's not that I don't feel safe in my house, because it's still my house now we double check everything,” said Sanchez.
They have secured their windows and doors and put curtains over all the windows.
Police used a K9 were able to track down all of the stolen items except Sanchez’ pistol.
The gun is a .38 caliber Taurus pistol. The items recovered are still in police evidence.
The person of interest is a white male, with dark, short hair, wearing a black hooded winter coat, tightly worn blue jeans and black tennis shoes.
If you have any information about the person of interest call Owasso Police tipline at (918) 272-2677.