Three crimes, three men: police say trio stole ATM, safe, Michael Kors items
SE Oklahoma City — The Oklahoma City Police Department said it is searching for at least three men they say may be responsible for a string of burglaries in the city in one week.The first call came into the La Michoacana Meat Market on SW 29th Street just before 3 a.m. on July 31. Police said the door was found pried open but nobody inside when they arrived. A store manager told police a small safe containing $2,000 to $3,000 was stolen from the office. Police reviewed video footage and said three men dressed in dark clothes could be seen breaking into the store, ransacking the office, and loading the safe into a light-colored car.Police say a bottle of black dye was broken in the store and one of the men stepped in it, leaving footprints throughout the store.About 30 minutes later that same morning, police were called to the Warehouse Market on SE 29th St. Police say they immediately noticed the top of an ATM laying on the floor near the front door. When they walked into the business, they said the office had been ransacked and the ATM was missing.
Employees arrived and told police cash drawers had also been gone through there was at least $1,000 missing plus an unknown amount of cash from the ATM. The machine is owned and operated by a third party.When police reviewed the surveillance video, they said they saw three men, dressed in all black, pry open the front door and walk in. They immediately went to the office and went through the cash drawers, police said.
Police say the three men left the building and dragged the ATM out the front door and climbed into a mid sized light colored car.
According to the report, the men were wearing gloves and hoodies with bandanas over their faces. At one point in the office, one man's bandana slipped and his face was visible. Police describe him as a Mexican man, about 20 years old.
FOX25's Thabie Sibanda spoke to a business owner across the street from the grocery store who says he's had his share of thefts.
"I had some petty thefts in my yard in the back," said Bryan Nebgen. "I wish the police were around more. That would be a big help if they showed themselves around here a lot more."
On August 6, police say a third crime occurred, this time at the Michael Kors on W. Reno just before 3 a.m.Police said the alarm company called them and said three men could be seen on video feeds. The company said the trio had broken open a door and were going in and out. When police arrived, a manager was there as well and said about $20,000 in merchandise had been taken. Police said a total of 116 items were stolen.
Police say the video showed three men breaking through the door. They're described as all wearing gloves and had their faces covered.
Michael Kors declined to comment but the security at the Outlet Shoppes released this statement to FOX25 on Thursday. It read, "This is an isolated incident. We are confident in the local authorities to resolve the issue."
If you have any information in connection to the string of burglaries, you are asked to contact Crimestoppers at 405-235-7300.