Another smash and grab victim in Tulsa


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Reported by: Sara Whaley
Updated: 8/25/2013 1:21 pm Published: 8/24/2013 10:13 pm


Full parking lots are a jackpot for thieves targeting your money. FOX23 told you earlier this week about a Jenks woman who lost hundreds of dollars after someone smashed the window of her car and took her purse.

Now we’ve learned a similar incident happened, this time targeting a young girl.

It happened at Savage Park in east Tulsa. The lot was empty when we were there Saturday, but that's not the case many other days.. Rows of cars make it easy for thieves to break your window and grab whatever they see.

Game day on the field, also means go time for burglars.

Natalie Bravo remembers the day her car was broken into.

“There was glass all over the ground, my door was busted into, it was everywhere,” she said.

She was in disbelief, her wallet, and the $100 bill she earned working at a pizza joint, her driver’s license, countless gift cards, and her debit card, gone. Bravo's mom, Anita Hawkins, called the bank immediately.

“Sure enough the card had already been tried to be used,” she said.

Luckily Bravo didn't have a lot of money in the bank. The card was declined when the suspect tried to make a $500 purchase at Walgreens, but it's not just about the wallet.

“It's breaking in, the damage to the car, the expense for that,” she said.

What should you do then if you have valuables you don't want to take in somewhere? There is no way to hide them and be completely safe, but police say if you have a car putting them in the trunk is your best bet.

FOX23 talked directly with a Catoosa police sergeant who says it's much harder to get into a trunk and it takes more time."

Also, try to avoid parking close to main roads. Bravo's car was easy to access and allowed for a quick getaway.

Good reminders with football season right around the corner. Thieves target sporting events because of the number of people.

Bravo has learned her lesson.

“It was a wake up call,” she said. “Don't leave your wallet in the car.”

Here’s an interesting possible connection. The Walgreen's store the suspect went to, in this case, has surveillance video of the man.
 
Hawkins says he looks a lot like the man linked to the other case. The story and the picture we told you about earlier this week.
FOX23 is getting Hawkins hooked up with TPD to see if a connection can be made.

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WyoMoe - 8/26/2013 8:14 AM
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This city is becoming more and more unsafe and violent. It could be such a nice place if the citizens would get more involved but they are afraid because the Law Enforcement Agencies cannot protect them. It should be a requirement in Oklahoma and every state in the U.S.A. that every household has a gun and at least one person in that home has a Concealed Carry Permit and a Hand Gun.

Bobber Bob - 8/25/2013 8:47 AM
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And every Oklahoma Democrat politician wants to make every city park a gun free zone. Thugs are everywhere and they are hunting those that have anything of value. It's time hat We The People take back our streets, parks and cities. Mr Mayor, we are fed up. Joe Arpaio of the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office has a great plan to solve your problems. Lets build a tent city jail that no thug wants to land in and start locking up criminals. Our current policy of catch and release is not working.
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