‘It Was Absolutely Terrifying:’ Stranger Walks Into OU Student’s Home, Steals BMW

Wednesday, February 24th 2021, 10:54 pm

NORMAN, Okla. -

A group of four female college roommates in Norman are pretty shaken up after a total stranger is caught on camera walking into their home. 

The man walked into the home at the Cottages of Norman complex around 7:15 a.m. Tuesday. 

Jordan Banfield was asleep at the time the stranger walked in. 

“I woke up to the Norman Police Department busting into my room with their guns drawn saying, ‘Present yourself Norman PD,’” said Banfield. 

Banfield’s roommate, who was at work and not home at the time of the break-in, got a notification on her phone of motion detected inside the home. 

That roommate texted another roommate in the home at the time of the break-in. She locked herself in her room while the suspect walked around downstairs. 

“What they (police) think happened is that he was watching our house, unfortunately, and saw that one of the roommates left,” said Banfield. “It was seven-o-clock in the morning and she just didn’t think to lock it back, so he just walked right into our home.” 

The suspect is seen taking several things inside before being seen wiping fingerprints off the doorknob with a dish scrubber. 

What happened next, the girls say, adds insult to injury. 

“He took my roommates BMW with the last of her father’s ashes in it and the last birthday card he wrote her,” said Banfield. 

The vehicle stolen by the suspect is a White BMW 328i. The victim’s father’s ashes are inside a gold necklace that were hanging on the rearview mirror of the BMW. 

Norman Police said they’ve possibly identified a suspect; and the investigation is still very active. 

Whoever the suspect may be, these roommates hope their time walking the streets a free person is limited. 

“It was absolutely terrifying to know that someone was in what is supposed to be a peace for you, like a safe place,” said Banfield. “That’s our home.” 

The roommates have since activated their security system and also purchased door bars for extra protection. They said they still have trouble sleeping at night.

Contact the Norman Police Department if you recognize the suspect at (405) 321-1600 or on Facebook.