McAlester neighborhood plagued by break-ins

Posted at 10:18 AM, Sep 22, 2015
and last updated 2015-09-22 11:18:31-04

Problems persist for one neighborhood in Pittsburg County.

Neighbors said thieves keep breaking into their homes and vehicles in McAlester, but they claim not enough is being done to stop the crime spree.

Early in the morning on August 2, Darla Lott said someone got into her husband's truck by breaking out the back window.

"They stole my husband's Blackberry, his iPad (and) some of my son's diabetes supplies," Lott said.

The thief also took her husband's hotspot for wireless Internet from the truck. She and her son discovered it when they drove around to see if they could find any of their belongings.

"We were driving down the road, the portable Wifi box connected to a residence down the road," Lott said.

Pittsburg County sheriff's deputies found the rest of their belongings and identified the suspect, but Lott said the district attorney declined to file charges because of a lack of evidence or credible witnesses.

"Since then numerous people have been broken into out here," Lott said, "and nothing is done."

The break-ins date back to last year when Pamela Cunningham said someone broke into hers and her husband's vehicles in October.

"My husband had a big hunting bag full of hunting equipment that was gone," Cunningham said. "I had a DVD player, my purse that had my engagement ring."

She said the DA dismissed charges against a suspect in her case despite sheriff's deputies finding her purse at his home.

"There were two rooms full of items at the detectives division that they had taken not just us but from other people," Cunningham said. "There was [sic] lots and lots of things."

She and others are now planning a community meeting to demand answers. The meeting will be held at the W.E. Harden Community Center, located across the street from the Fink-Chambers School in McAlester.

A call to the district attorney's office went unanswered.

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