Family carjacked in north Tulsa

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Reported by: Janai Norman
Updated: 1/09 5:41 am Published: 1/02 11:10 am

A family was carjacked at gunpoint in their own driveway on New Year's Day.

FOX23 warned you the holiday is the worst day for car thefts with the National Insurance Crime Bureau finding 2,200 cars were stolen on the first day of 2013.

FOX23 spoke with the victims' next door neighbor who says she realizes it could have happened to her or anyone else.

"I was thinking 'Oh my goodness, that happened next door,'" Joyce Kelly said.

Her home is where the family went to call police after being carjacked.

"The woman, she was hysterical," Kelly recalled. "Just crying and screaming."

That's after her family, including two young children, were robbed at gunpoint.

"Told them to lie down on the ground, from what I understand. One of the men hit the father with a pole or something and took his wallet, then took his mother's purse, then got off with the car."

The car is a 1995 white Honda Odyssey with Oklahoma license plates 686-BMQ.

"A neighbor and I were just talking that we thought it was such a wonderful neighborhood that we'd never had any problems like that," Kelly said.

Tulsa police say you're more likely to get your car stolen by leaving it running and unattended, which you can see is not uncommon.

We found this city of Tulsa truck left vulnerable to car thieves at a North Tulsa gas station, and it was parked right next to yet another empty car with the keys in the ignition.

Kelly says that's something she won't do, as this armed carjacking right next door reminds her of a few things we all should do.

"I will be more vigilant when I get in and out of the car," she told FOX23. "When I come home, when I leave, I will certainly look around."

We checked with Tulsa police, who told FOX23 five car thefts were reported New Year's Day, but that number could grow as all of Wednesday's reports may not be in the system yet.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 918-596-COPS.

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Mayor Maynot - 1/2/2014 1:32 PM
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Plenty I'm a •bleep• when I speak but this is serious. This could have led to a much more serious incident. In some neighborhoods residents work together in neighborhood watch groups that fledge them together in forged groups that stand together for each other. Did I say together too much?? For topics like this I don't think you can say togetherness too much ;-safety in numbers-; Try a neighborhood watch program. The more eye witnesses you have the better chance you got to convict an armed robber of their felonies and sending them off for a good long vacation in the gulag.
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