|Updated: 10/30 12:18 pm
||Published: 10/30 11:34 am
Skiatook Police are asking neighbors to be on the lookout for suspicious activity after the city has ten home burglaries in 11 days.
FOX23’s Janai Norman spoke with two Skiatook homeowners who say during that period, they had what they believed to be a possible attempted home burglary.
“I said ‘who are you, get out of my house.’”
That’s what Carla McCann says she told the man she came face-to-face with inside her home.
“I was so terrified, I was shaking all over.”
Around noon the day before a neighbor up the street was burglarized, Carla says one of her great-grand daughters told her a man showed up.
“I said ‘where’, Carla said. “And she said in the house.”
The man entered through a back door to the house. That’s one thing that’d led police investigators to think the ten home burglaries they’re working could be related, in each other they tell us the burglars entered the home from the back, either by breaking a window or through an unlocked door.
Carl McCann showed FOX23 the door his wife opened when she saw the stranger standing in their home.
“He says ‘I’m looking for Nancy,’ I said ‘I don’t care get out of my house, get out of my house,’” Carla recalled.
The man took off before Carl could catch him.
“He’s lucky,” he said. “Because if it had been me, I got a carry and conceal, I would’ve shot him.”
Detective Shane Thompson with Skiatook Police is one of the lead detectives following up on leads. He didn’t know about the McCann’s story until FOX23 told him.
When he followed up we discovered the man who entered the McCann’s home was in the hospital for drug related problem when more burglaries happened.
Right now police are still looking for the burglars FOX23 discovered are targeting jewelry and leaving behind electronics. With burglars on the loose, Carl says he told police he’s on high alert.
“I’m going to be on the lookout, if I see somebody suspicious, I’m going to call [police.]”
To get ahead of the crime, officers say they are increasing patrols, detectives will be in unmarked cars and they’ll be taking the time to stop and talk with people out and about.
They’re also asking neighbors to be vigilant, especially during the overnight and early morning hours through midday when most of the burglaries have occurred. They warn to also be on the lookout for anyone suspicious you may see in a neighbor’s yard.