OKC Woman Pleads For Thieves To Return Grandfather's Mementos

Thursday, December 13th 2012, 8:03 pm
By: News 9

A neighborhood targeted by thieves gets hit again overnight, but this time the car break in leaves the victim missing more than her belongings. She tells News 9 the thieves stole some of her most precious mementos.

Surveillance cameras on homes and a neighborhood watch in Ranchwood Manor addition in southwest Oklahoma City did not keep the thieves from breaking into Bittani Stanfield's car. But she hopes pleading with the thieves will help her get back what cannot be replaced.

"It's been really hard. It's been a rough week and then all of this," said Stanfield.

Stanfield first lost her grandfather, and then all of his pictures.

"It will make it a lot harder just losing him. We can't even look back at that," she said.

Tired from burying her grandfather that day, Stanfield says she didn't suspect a thing when she parked her car for the night.

"I was just so upset after the funeral I just left it all in the car and I didn't even think about it. Made sure the doors were locked but didn't grab the stuff."

When Stanfield returned she says she found more reasons to cry. All was lost, her wallet, laptop, camera and most importantly, the cherished mementos of her grandfather.

"I opened the door and got in and stuff was just ransacked. It had been thrown all over the car."

The thieves left behind only a few fingerprints on the car, but Stanfield says investigators cannot use the prints to help track down her belongings. Now she is asking the thieves to have a little sympathy.

"Just the sentimental things in there, just drop it off on my door step."

Stanfield says she is working with her neighbors to review video from their surveillance cameras. If you have any information about this crime, call police.