LAWTON, OK (KSWO) - A distraught bridal boutique owner is looking for the burglars who broke into her shop and stole thousands of dollars’ worth of dresses and jewelry.
Police say Allure Bridal Boutique was burglarized Monday afternoon around 1:30 p.m. The owner, Tami Bradford, believes she knows how the thieves got in.
She said her store is normally closed on Monday, but she had come in briefly to do some paperwork around noon. That's when some shoppers came in, and she told them the store wasn't open.
She thinks they took that opportunity to unlock a door that is never used and is blocked by a pair of mannequins located just to the right of the main entrance.
After she left the store, she said the thieves came back and simply walked in, and took whatever they could. Bradford said she discovered the theft the next day when she noticed several dresses and jewelry were stolen.
"How dare you come into my home and violate me. I want my stuff back and I want you to take responsibility for what you done”, said Bradford.
Angry, and frustrated is what Tami Bradford is feeling after thieves scuffled through her boutique getting everything they wanted. She said she came in to work Tuesday morning and saw a mannequin on the floor and several dresses stolen off the racks. Bradford believes the thieves will re-sell the dresses.
"They took a lot of the smaller sizes 2's, 4's and 6's. A few size 10's. They took some 14's and 16's. They did take one wedding gown that I know was a size 6, it was fully beaded with ruffles on the bottom”, said Bradford.
The owner of another shop in the strip said she saw two women taking dresses out of the store, but didn't think anything of it.
" I was walking my dog around the building and we came walking past Allure and I looked in the window and there was this lady in there and she was going pretty quickly through the dresses. She was just grabbing them and draping them over her arm”, said Jennings.
Jennings said she had no idea Bradford had left her shop. She saw the suspects drive away in a gold SUV.
"I just wish I would have known and did something about it”, said Jennings.
She is still going through her inventory to see what the cost of stolen items were. So far, it's at 14,000 dollars.
"I’m still going I haven't got the jewelry done and I am still trying to figure out which dresses. I know which one is missing but it is just a matter of time to figure out which one in my computer”, said Bradford.
Sergeant Tim Jenkins said businesses throughout the city need to be prepared. He says if thieves will steal from bridal shop they will steal from anywhere else.
"Lock your doors, get good cameras as well. Make sure there is always something there to keep track of what's going on at your business”, said Jenkins.
Bradford said she will do whatever it takes to find the people responsible.
"It's already hard enough to have a business to begin with working so many hours and family. Now this makes it harder but I am not going down it's not going to stop me”, said Bradford.
No money was stolen. Bradford is working to get security equipment in her shop.
She will be traveling throughout cities in Southwest Oklahoma, and Wichita Falls, passing the word along to schools to see if she can find the thieves at Prom or a dance.
If you know anything about this case, call Crime stoppers at 355-INFO.