Norman police arrested two men found with tools to break into vehicles during increased patrols.
Victor McClain, 27 and Johnnie Chancey, 35, were arrested around 3 a.m. on September 11.
Two officers were patrolling a neighborhood off Lindsey Street when they noticed two suspicious individuals.
“Both provided fake names to the officers and began to act in a way that was like nervous, reaching for their backpacks,” said Sarah Jensen, spokeswoman for the Norman Police Department.
Police said the area near Beaumont and Brandywine has been hit hard by recent vehicle burglaries. Patrols were stepped up in the area.
When officers went to place McClain under arrest, he tried to run, police said.
Officers used a Taser on McClain before taking him into custody.
Officers found several objects in McClain’s bag used to break into vehicles, including dealership documents and paper tags that were allegedly recently stolen from Heritage Autogroup in Oklahoma City.
“It seemed like their primary focus was to attempt to locate a vehicle that they had the keys to from a previous burglary from a car dealership in Oklahoma City,” said Jensen.
While Chancey maintains his innocence, police are urging everyone to do a double take before putting the car in park.
“It is extremely important that people are taking those valuables outside of their vehicles, even things as small as sunglasses, cash visible in cupholders,” said Jensen.
The two were not caught breaking into vehicles so their charges reflect that.
Officers also found several drugs in McClain’s possession.