Hide your balls! Bowling burglars are striking all over the state!

Oklahomans better start protecting their balls! Now that I’ve got that joke out of the way, it’s time to get your mind out of the gutter. There’s a burglary epidemic wreaking havoc across small town Oklahoma! And when it comes to these burglaries, it appears that even family-owned businesses can’t be spared.

Via KFOR…

ENID, Okla. (KFOR) – Enid police are investigating after a Thursday morning burglary at the Oakwood Bowl. The burglars left behind thousands of dollars in damage.

“I just don’t understand it because we try to do nice things for the community, and then to have somebody do this to us, It’s just very heart wrenching,” said Sandy Tate, Oakwood Bowl owner.

The Tate family has owned and operated Oakwood Bowl in Enid for nearly 75 years now, but they never imagined anything like this would ever happen.

According to surveillance footage, the alleged thieves snuck in through a window, used a crowbar to break into arcade machines, and made off with about $2,500 in coin before doing an old fashioned 5-10 split. What’s worse is that these thieves must think they have a perfect game going on, because they’ve possibly targeted 2 other bowling alleys!

Across the state, a similar story. This time in Sapulpa on December 30. You can see on surveillance footage the burglar also never stood up during the break-in.

Then, just one day later, again in Cushing – same situation where the burglar army crawled through the bowling alley, stealing as they went.

As for whether the cases are all connected, the owners of Frontier Bowl in Cushing tell News 4 they think so.

So far, it seems like the crooks have been able to slide under law enforcement’s radar. Let’s hope the police are able to catch these guys before they strike again. Local bowling alley owners would like nothing more than to see these thieves wind up in the pin.

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