|Updated: 11/13/2013 12:20 pm
||Published: 11/13/2013 11:51 am
Tulsa Police are going undercover and cracking down on thefts from area stores.
Officers say people are walking out of businesses like Dollar General with items they haven’t paid for.
They say the problem is stunting economic growth in areas like North Tulsa, and the lefts are robbing the area of more business.
“The first thing they say is ‘[there is] too much larceny over here, we don’t think we can keep our product,’” TPD Sergeant Dedlorn Sanders said of businesses considering moving to North Tulsa.
That’s because of product that’s being stolen from inside and preventing other stores from taking the risk, like any name brand grocery store Sgt. Sanders says is absent from North Tulsa.
“That’s the reason why Family Dollar and Dollar General thrive over here; they make a lot of money because they’re the only thing over here.”
But that also means they’re the only stores for thieves to hit.
FOX23 is taking a closer look to find out how it’s happening.
“[They just walk out the store with stuff because no body’s trying to stop them,” Sgt. Sanders explains. “This is a problem in all stores all over the city but [especially at] Dollar General and Family Dollar and Walgreens.”
Those stores he goes on to say are often in locations that get lots of foot traffic. He tells FOX23 that sometimes means more people thinking they can walk in a store and walk out without paying.
So officers, undercover and with unmarked cars are working with loss prevention inside stores.
So far we’re told they’ve netted 12 arrests in three recent stings and written even more citations.
By preventing these losses, Sgt. Sanders says officers are hoping to gain even more in your North Tulsa community.
“Promote more businesses to want to start up here in the north side area,” Sgt. Sanders says. “We need stores over in this area.”
TPD confirmed officers are planning to do more stings at local stores.