Ardmore police see slight increase in property crimes due to effects of COVID-19

ARDMORE, Okla. (KXII) - Ardmore police say they have seen an increase in property crimes in the last two weeks due to the effects of COVID-19.

Police say 25-year-old Brandon Lee Cryer broke into a home on Culbertson Street Friday afternoon to steal car keys and drove away in the victim's car.

Capt. Claude Henry with Ardmore police said later that evening, officers tried to pull him over in the stolen car and Cryer ran away.

"He failed to obey the commands officers were giving him to stop," Henry said. "Cryer was caught shortly after that and taken into custody without incident."

Court records show Cryer is facing felony charges of first-degree burglary, unauthorized use of a vehicle, and attempted escape from arrest.

Police said this was one of several property crimes over the weekend including a theft from a retailer, a stolen motorcycle, car burglary and vandalism.

"With the times that we are facing right now and difficult situations, there's a lot of people that are laid off that don't have any source of income," Henry said. "Typically, whenever we see those times in our economy, we do see a slight increase in these types of crimes."

Police suggest always locking your vehicles and hide valuables or do not keep them in a car at all.

Do not leave anything valuable in carports, in your front yard or on a porch.

Ardmore police also ask for people to follow the stay in place resolution put out by the Ardmore city commission and to not leave your home or go outside, especially at night, unless there is an essential need.

"That will help our patrol officers identify people out walking around," Henry said. "It'll give us a chance to identify those people who could be committing these types of crimes at night."