Friday, February 19, 2010

Cigarette thief on the run -- Oklahoma City, OK

Oklahoma City and The Village police are looking for a "smash and grab” cigarette burglar who led them on a chase Tuesday morning in a stolen vehicle.

About 3 a.m., officers received reports of break-ins at convenience stores in Oklahoma City and The Village. Cigarettes were taken from both stores.

Police said a witness saw a burglary at 2448 NW 39 in Oklahoma City and attempted to follow the burglar who was driving a 1988 red Jeep Cherokee.

Oklahoma City police received word that The Village police had surveillance video from another convenience store near Hefner and Pennsylvania.

Then they received a call from a home in the 900 block of NW 90, Oklahoma City police Master Sgt. Gary Knight said.

When they got there, police saw the Jeep that had been reported leaving the scene of both burglaries, Knight said.

Officers gave chase until the driver bailed out and ran through backyards in the 1000 block of Hoyt, near Western between Hefner and Britton, Knight said.

Police learned the vehicle had been reported stolen in Oklahoma City.

While searching for the burglar, Knight said, police heard a loud noise at 1010 NW 100. Just before police surrounded the house, a neighbor called 911 and said she saw a man run away from the house.

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