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Cleveland County Sheriff’s Office has received reports of at least three pickup
thefts and one vehicle burglary in the last three weeks, and in all cases the
vehicles were left unsecure with keys inside truck cabs. According to the incident reports, the
crimes were reported in either the northeastern or southeastern part of the
county and happened between late night and early morning hours.
The first incident was reported Dec. 28,
in the 6300 block of Windridge Place in Slaughterville. A 2010 Chevrolet pickup
along with the contents inside the truck was taken from the driveway.
The second and third incidents happened
Jan. 9, near Lexington. About 2 a.m. deputies were alerted that a 2005 Dodge
pickup had been taken from the 13700 block of Lewis Road.
After a short pursuit, the truck was found
abandoned in far-western Pottawatomie County. Nobody has been arrested for the
Several hours later, deputies were
notified about a vehicle burglary in the 15000 block of Edge of the Earth Road.
According to the incident report, keys and a voice recorder were the only items
Two days later, a vehicle theft was
reported in the 16400 block of Timbers Drive near Oklahoma City. The incident
report showed a farm truck was stolen between late night Jan. 10 and early
morning hours of Jan. 11. The truck was left unlocked and keys in the cab.
CCSO detectives want to remind everyone
to be cautious and take extra steps to secure vehicles and belongings. Here are
a few crime prevention tips that detectives would like citizens to utilize:
leave vehicles unlocked for any reason
leave any belongings in your vehicle including keys even if parked at home in a
garage or driveway
be aware of your surroundings.
can occur regardless of where you live. Never be complacent.
attention to vehicles and people in your neighborhood.
you see something out of the ordinary, don’t hesitate to say something. Dial
911 and report it immediately.
Sheriff Joe Lester said he hopes
everyone will take these preventative measures and begin using them immediately
to reduce their risk of becoming a victim.
“Our agency strives every day to
provide the best law enforcement service to the citizens of Cleveland County,”
Lester said. “That not only means responding to reported incidents doing everything
we can to prevent crime as well.”
Anyone who has information about any of
these crimes, may call the CCSO tip line at (405) 701-8870, Crime
Stoppers at (405) 701-8872, or people may send anonymous tips using the
Cleveland County Sheriff’s Office mobile app. Callers may remain anonymous.
Any questions regarding this press
release and/or information can be addressed to Meghan Jackson, Cleveland County
Sheriff’s Office, community liaison/public information officer. Jackson can be
reached at (405) 701-8847.