Recent thefts worry Broken Arrow neighbors


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Updated: 8/02/2013 6:31 pm Published: 8/02/2013 4:32 pm


Neighbors tell FOX23 their neighborhood has been a target of thieves recently.  Our crews went and talked to neighbors who live in the Steeplechase Farms neighborhood in Broken Arrow and found there’s been everything from car thefts, to stolen lawn equipment and bicycles.

Michelle Vidana said she woke up one morning to find her truck and car missing from her drive-way.

She said, “I can’t believe it, it’s the first time, I’ve never lost of anything.”

The car was found a few blocks away, but her Black Chevy Silverado truck was gone and found two weeks later in Tulsa. Vidana said they painted headlights and parts of the truck with black spray paint and tried to disguise the truck by putting a fake tag on it. She showed FOX23 pictures of what she found inside. The pictures sow drug paraphernalia, phone chargers and even a knife.

Tulsa Police officers arrested Kyle Kaspar and Amber Bower-Simmons.. They were both charged with procession of a stolen vehicle and booked into the Tulsa County Jail. According to their address listed on the police report, they live just five miles away from Michelle and her family.

Vidana said, “I don’t feel safe anymore, my sense of security is gone.”

FOX23 found out she’s not the only victim of theft in the Steeplechase Farms neighborhood. Recently neighbors say bicycles were stolen and lawn equipment.

 “Obviously there’s crooks here that come and target this area of town,” Vidana said.

Another neighbor William Forest said, “it makes me want to keep my truck really locked up, that’s for sure.”

Forest lives just a few doors down from Vidana, he said two years ago his truck was stolen out of his drive-way. Since then, Forrest said he keeps an eye on his neighbors.

“I think what we are going to have to do is start a neighborhood watch,” he said.

We checked with the Broken Arrow Police Department, there’s only been six police reports filed in the Steeplechase Farms neighborhood in the last year, including Vidana’s complaint.

Officers said not reporting property crimes is a major problem. According to a survey from the U.S. Department of Justice, 60 % of property crimes go unreported.

Officer Thomas Cooper said, “we get spurts of crime here and there and we talk to one victim, but the other victim doesn’t want to talk or has to go to work. “

He said if crimes don’t get reported, no matter how small, then there isn’t much officers can do to help.

 


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Mayor Maynot - 8/2/2013 6:20 PM
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I hear ya. All you can really do is hold your head up. Know that those who have harmed you will harm themselves enough some time or another well enough that their hurtful ways puts them away.
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