Crooks stealing Broken Arrow car emblems

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Updated: 11/30/2012 9:47 pm Published: 11/30/2012 7:38 pm

Broken Arrow Police aren't sure why someone is stealing car emblems from the Wolf Creek neighborhood near 91st Street and Aspen Avenue, but their best guess is that once the thieves pop the emblems off cars, they are wearing them around their neck as jewelry or keeping them as collectors items.
Neighbors who live in the area say it doesn't matter why they're doing it, the thieves need to stop.
“Our cars are right in our front yard, and you think this area is safe here in Broken Arrow, and then stuff like this is going around in our neighborhood,” Jeanette Luvanos told FOX23.
It happened to Luvanos's Toyota as well as a Cadillac and a Chevy parked near her home; someone is ripping off the identities of cars.
“We came home one day, and our emblem was just missing,” Luvanos said.
Over the last several weeks, car after car has been targeted in the Wolf Creek neighborhood.
“It is kind of frustrating. It's not a very nice car, and it just looks worse now,” she said.
When FOX23 checked with Broken Arrow Police, they'd only had two reports of stolen emblems even though residents said there had been many more.
“Some people think, ‘Oh, I don't want to waste an officer's time, they've got more important things to do,’” Corporal Leon Calhoun with the Broken Arrow Police Department said.
Police say they need people to report the emblem thefts no matter how small they think the crime might be.
“If we're not getting reports of criminal activity happening, we obviously don't know of the situations and we can't determine where we need to focus our patrol efforts at,” he said.
Calhoun says stealing a small part of a car could soon turn into something much worse.
“They might start out with that then they say, ‘Ok let's actually force entry into vehicles; let's take something a little more valuable.’”
Jeanette's family is not going to take any chances with that.
“We've been locking out doors now, the top and the bottom, and making sure our cars are locked and everything,” she said.
Local car dealers say it costs between $25 and $75 to replace a car emblem not including labor costs.
The Broken Arrow Police Department is encouraging people to report any emblem thefts on their citizen’s crime report feature on the department’s website:
If you have any information about these thefts call the Broken Arrow Police at (918) 259-8400.

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