Intruder wakes S. Tulsa couple with a knife

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Updated: 12/07/2012 6:18 pm Published: 12/07/2012 3:33 pm

A Tulsa couple was awakened by a thief standing over them with a knife.

Around 1 am, police were called to the gated community of Garden Park near 61st & S. Lewis.

Police said a hooded intruder armed with a knife woke up a couple demanding jewelry. He got away with an iPhone, iPad, jewelry and a wallet.

At Garden Park Condominiums you have to go through security guard and a gate. Police said the guard told them he didn’t knowingly let anyone in who didn’t live in the gated community.

"Really shocking,” said nearby caretaker, Svetlana.

She works for Interim Health Care and takes care of an elderly man who lives in the area of 61st and Lewis.  

There is a ten-foot fence with barbwire around Garden Park so police are stunned to see how a thief could have made his way through the community.

Some of the neighbors who live on the fence line have been hit by thieves.

"They kicked it in,” said Mary Jo.

The week before Thanksgiving she was hit by a burglar who watched her leave to go to a funeral. The thieves pocketed family jewelry, a television and her late husband’s silver coin collection.

"I am glad I wasn't here when it happened and I am glad they didn't hurt my little dog,” said Mary Jo.

Tulsa Police report since October, there have been 53 burglaries and robberies in the area between 53rd and 65th and Riverside to Lewis.

One of those break-ins happened while a woman was sleeping and four of the home break-ins happened on Mary Jo’s street.

The map showed she is sandwiched between two recent crime trends.

"Oh no, I never thought about it,” said Mary Jo. "I have no idea what they think. You hear about these things, there is no rhyme or reason why it's done."

That’s why neighbors are locking up and watching closely.

"I got a security system. I should have gotten that years ago but I didn't,” said Mary Jo.

In a community where there are elderly people, caretakers are taking measures to fool a thief.

"Leave something on whether it be a porch light or a television or radio on, music even,” said Svetlana. "God is with me I don't want to seem like I am person that fears but it's good to use common sense.”

Police said the bedroom is one of the first places where a thief will target. They recommend you avoid hiding jewelry, a gun or anything of value in drawers, a bed stand or closet.

Instead, keep it secured in a locked cabinet or safe.

Police said the victims in this morning’s home invasion were not hurt. Police tried to track down the stolen phone using the “Find My
Phone” iPhone feature but the phone was turned off.

Police could not find a sign of forced entry. So far, police do not have any details on a description of the burglar, except that he is wearing a hoodie.

For two weeks, burglary detectives have been running the “Stop” initiative where they are targeting serial burglars. In five days, they arrested 17 burglars. It is being funded through a federal grant.

If you have any information about this crime or any crime call Crime Stoppers at (918) 596-COPS (2677) or text a tip to “CRIMES” (274637) and begin your message with “TIP918” or you can submit a tip online at Remember you never have to give your name and your tip could lead to a cash reward.

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aleman - 12/10/2012 5:52 PM
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Few lowlife investors,some gov't money...instant ghetto(concentration camp)concentrating people in one location,politicians dangle their handouts in front of them all the way to the voting booth,these people through fear and ignorance have let the politicians dehumanize them,kinda reminds me of a story I read as a kid where these people were dehumanized and forced to live underground sometimes at night they would sneak out and eat the people who lived topside

aleman - 12/10/2012 5:20 PM
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Too stupid to know any better Maynot,keep 'em dumb,dependent on the gov't,feed 'em drugs with a healthy dose of hopelessness,little violent music thrown in...they set to killing each other,think Hitler woulda been proud and this all encouraged and subsidized by the very liberals they vote for,surprising what one will trade for a handout

Mayor Maynot - 12/10/2012 3:54 AM
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aleman #8^] If they are escapees then why do they return to hide out.??

Mayor Maynot - 12/10/2012 3:49 AM
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You don't need a permit to shoot an intruder. Remember shoot to kill.

wj3409 - 12/8/2012 6:14 PM
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shoot, you should have seen what happened last week. 2 kids broke into this lady's home while she wasn't home and it took the police 25mins or more to get to her house. And today you see lot of police officers at a parade. If a person doesn't have a gun permit they better get one. Because by the time the police gets to your house the problem will be over and you too.

aleman - 12/7/2012 6:14 PM
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Escapee from the concentration camp down the street
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