Car, TV stolen from 98-year-old woman's home

Posted at 11:46 AM, Sep 14, 2015
and last updated 2015-09-14 12:46:15-04

Tulsa police are searching for at least one suspect who broke into a 98-year-old woman's home and stole her car and a TV while she slept.

Police say the break-in occurred some time between 10 p.m. Sunday and 1:30 a.m. Monday, when the woman woke up to find her white 1997 Buick LeSabre and TV gone.

"It's particularly disturbing the fact that she is so elderly and the fact that these individuals entered the residence while she was fast asleep during the night," said Ofc. Peter Maher with the Tulsa Police Department.

Maher says the suspect or suspects broke into the home through the bathroom window after failing to gain access through other windows along the side of the home.

Police say they found screens pulled off the house as well as smudge marks or fingerprints on other windows.

"It also appears that the suspect actually unscrewed a light bulb that was active in the rear of the residence to sort of provide some cover of darkness as well, which is another sort of disturbing factor," Maher said.

The woman, who slept through the entire ordeal, was not hurt. 

Craig Lightfoot, a neighbor, says the woman is a staple in the east Tulsa community.

"She looks out for us - and inspirational. You know, 98-year-old lady that's still going to get her own groceries and takes care of herself and still gives back to the community," Lightfood said.

In addition to looking for the suspect or suspects responsible, police say they're looking for the woman's four-door Buick. It has Oklahoma tag 001-GEH.

Maher says anyone who sees the car should call 911. He also urges anyone who saw something who wants to remain anonymous to call Crime Stoppers at 918-596-COPS.

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