Woodland Hills Mall employee and convicted felon arrested

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Reported by: Sara Whaley
Updated: 12/14/2013 10:50 pm Published: 12/14/2013 10:48 pm

In a FOX23 exclusive, a convicted felon working in the Woodland Hills Mall is now behind bars.

Brandon Dobbs was booked Saturday night on drug charges, but FOX23 has learned from police fraud charges may soon follow.

The parking lot was full Saturday afternoon, Woodland Hills Mall was a madhouse. Shoppers everywhere were looking for the perfect gift. What they didn’t know, a convicted felon was working inside at “Vapor Works”.

“It makes me feel not very safe,” one shopper told FOX23.

Shoppers felt unsafe, but not shocked.

“You never know who’s working in there,” the shopper added.

Just before 5 Saturday evening, TPD and the Tulsa County Sherriff’s office went in after Brandon Dobbs.

“We got a tip from a bondsmen that he was working inside the mall,” Cpl. Brian Collum told FOX23. “He’s got a past of being armed and dangerous.”

It was not a good combination with so many people around. That’s why 4 officers and 2 deputies worked together to make the arrest.

FOX23 was the only crew there as police brought Dobbs out the doors just east of Sears.

We weren’t able to ask questions of Dobbs, but we did hear him talking to officers about his backpack.

Police say they found marijuana and pills inside, but they also found a credit card swiper.

Police believe Dobb’s may have been stealing people’s information.

Witnesses tell police when people handed Dobbs their cards “he would duck behind the counter.” “We’ve located his backpack right below the register,” Cpl. Collum said.

So now, Dobbs who was arrested on a warrant for drug charges, is under investigation for fraud.

Police say they are working to get search warrants for Dobb’s cell phone, card reader, and laptop. Once they have those they will look to see if indeed he was stealing the information.

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CaptHowdy - 1/2/2014 1:35 AM
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I became a convicted felon at the age of 18. Ten years later I am a programmer that works on software that processes your credit card information and provide for a family. I worked very hard to turn my life around and I maintain a life morally and ethically sound than most non-felons. The whole "OMG HE WAS A FELON AND HE WAS AROUND YOUR FAMILIES" is a very counter progressive approach to rehabilitation. Yeah, this particular guy was more than likely not of a high caliber person. But how this is written is very narrow minded. Also considering how the courts hand out felonies for minor offenses like they are candy these days.

knowone - 12/16/2013 7:34 PM
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This story is a perfect example of an ignorant incompetent media source twisting the truth. Brandon is a criminal undoubtedly yet the danger and drama explained was non existent. Fox 23 is a leach sucking the life blood from everyone watching it. If u want the truth get away from the TV and go find the truth.

Mayor Maynot - 12/16/2013 12:26 AM
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Heck you don't even have to be an ex con for me to appreciate the fact that you have a job. Apparently this person was not an ex con. He's got to be a very stupid (that's why he's a) criminal :-) he sent police back to the store to get more evidence. Where he's going you don't need luggage. Since he's a criminal it's no surprise that he's a true blue dumb ass.

Unwashed Mass - 12/15/2013 11:12 AM
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We expect ex-cons to work after being released, rather than just sit around and collect food stamps and welfare. It should not be unusual to find them working everywhere, cooking our food, fixing our cable tv, etc.
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