OKC Police Respond To Burglary, Turns Into Standoff
OKLAHOMA CITY - Oklahoma City Police responded to a burglary in progress at a home near NW 10th Street and Greenvale Road, Saturday, but when they arrived the situation quickly turned into a standoff and the tactical unit was mobilized.
OKCPD officers apprehended three individuals at the scene, but a fourth barricaded himself inside of the house the group was trying to steal from.
Neighbors woke up to the commotion along their street and police officers and the OKCPD's tactical team began to move in on the suspect.
"It started about 8:30 this morning," said Margie Pinion, who lives just a few houses down from the house. "They caught three of them and then a fourth one holed up in the house and they thought he had a gun of some sort."
Police were eventually able to force the suspect to surrender. Officers arrested four people, three men and a woman, at the scene and booked them into the Oklahoma County jail. They are facing burglary charges.
"Police told me that this wasn't the neighborhood," said Pinion. "It was a gang from the South side that they had been looking for."
Pinion added that in her 40 years living in the neighborhood, break-ins happen regularly.
"I've been broken into about four times," she explained. "I put bars and everything on my house. It's hard to work all your life and somebody comes in and takes what you've got."
But neighbors said they try their best to watch out for each other because of an increase in burglaries over the years. Officers said it was the quick thinking of a neighbor who saw an unfamiliar car in the neighborhood that helped them get to the scene before the crooks could get away with anything.
"Every time you see something suspicious, definitely call in to 911 and report it," said Sgt. Jennifer Morris with the Oklahoma City Police Department. "It certainly helps us out, helps your neighbors out and it's a win-win for everybody."
Police did not release the names of the suspects.