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Late night burglary shakes up eastside neighborhood

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LAWTON, Okla_A Lawton neighborhood is in shock following a burglary Tuesday night. It happened just before midnight at a home near Southeast 45th and Brown. Police say Carlos Metaxas was in his bedroom when he heard noises coming from the back of the house. He went to investigate and found three men had forced their way through his back door.

Police say Metaxas confronted the men but when he did, they blinded him with a pepper spray-like substance and took off.

Neighbors are still in shock because they say burglaries aren't that common in their neighborhood. But now they are on high alert. Many of them are taking the necessary precautions in case the burglars decide to come back.

Things are peaceful in the east Lawton neighborhood now but that wasn't the case Tuesday night.

Resident James Thomas was baffled when he learned what happened at his neighbor's house, now he's taking extra precautions.

"Make sure my doors are locked when I go to bed at night, because it's not often you hear of break-ins in this neighborhood."

Thomas said what's worse is that it happened while Metaxes was home.

"It's surprising because they can see his truck is parked out there and they still broke into his house."

Neighbors say the burglary while the owner was still inside makes them realize their seemingly quiet neighborhood is changing and precautions need to be taken.

"I say this for a lot of the senior people, purchase a gun, get your license, keep it in your home and be prepared. The younger people today things are just a little different from when we grew up, so you know we have to be more aware."

As for the victim, Metaxes told us he is recovering and doing much better. He said he's relieved nothing was taken. He also said he is replacing some of the locks on his doors and adding a security system as a backup.

Lawton police also tell 7News they have no suspects or leads at this time.

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