Schools locked down after burglary in east Tulsa

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Updated: 11/07/2013 5:25 pm Published: 11/07/2013 11:46 am

Three Tulsa schools were on lockdown Thursday while police ran after burglars.

It started in the area of 15th and 123rd. Police received calls about shots fired. The scene turned into a standoff, a running chase, and ended with stolen items returned to a homeowner.

"The front door had been kicked we thought it may have still been somebody inside," said Walter Busby with the Tulsa Police Department.

No one was home. Diana Povlete said her parents live there.

"I didn't know if my dad was home or my mom so I just came fast to check. Because it obviously worried me," she said.

Police were able to come quickly because they call got a call from the neighbor. Anna Marie Penix says she was working on the computer when she heard two loud bangs.
"I decided to get up and go look out the kitchen window and I saw a strange car that didn't belong there in my neighbor's house," said Penix.

That was the suspects' car. They were filling the car with loot from the home but didn't have a chance to get away.

"Before they could leave the police started arriving and so the driver jumped out and threw off his coat and ran in between our two houses," she said.

About 20 minutes later, police were able to catch the two men they believe broke into the home. They collected clues from the scene and returned the goods to the rightful owner.

"We got everything back and so if they took something it was small. They just took jewelry as usual, computer and TV," said Povlete.

She told FOX23 the only damage to the home was a kicked-in door, broken at the hinges.

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karlschneider - 11/7/2013 5:42 PM
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I think this would be a wonderful opportunity to pause for a moment and give thanks for the great contributions of the Black community to our society. Their peaceful and generous nature make them ideal neighbors, lending testimony to their exceptional family values and parenting skills unrivaled by any other culture. Their commitment to academic excellence enriches our schools and serves as an example to all who hope to achieve prominence as a people. Real estate values are fueled by the mix of African Americans into an area due to their caring and respectful nature of these communities, an example of all they have achieved through their enthusiasm for self improvement by hard work and a self-reliant can-do nature. Without their industrious and creative drive, we would be poorer as a nation.
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