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Police look for teen suspected in driveway robberies

by: Sara Whaley Updated:

TULSA, Okla. - Police have made yet another move to get rid of a group they call the Driveway Robbers.

FOX23 has been following the story for months now.

Detectives say the group hit in midtown Tulsa early in the year.

Lately they’ve concentrated on north and east Tulsa.

Police have linked another person to the group, they say is responsible for the nearly 40 robberies this year alone.

Sergeant Brandon Watkins said they’re now after 16-year-old, Tony Jones.

Monday prosecutors charged him with first-degree robbery as a youthful offender.

This after police arrested his cousin, DeShaun Jones, for the same thing just two weeks ago.

Eighteen-year-old Sam Palmer is a victim in the series of driveway robberies.

He was sitting in his car at his home, texting friends, when he was robbed.

“The guy got out of the car. My window was rolled down,” Palmer told FOX23. “He pointed an assault rifle inside my window. It was at my chest. He pointed it at my chest.”

Palmer said the thief demanded his wallet.

Palmer gave him a little cash and his cell phone, and he says the thief jumped in the getaway car, but he got the tag as they drove away.

“I memorized the six characters and then went inside and called police,” he said.

It proved to be helpful.

Detectives were able to identify some of the suspects thanks to Palmer.

So far, police have arrested eight suspects they say are connected to the series.

Detectives told FOX23 the group has been quiet for the last two weeks, but they still want Tulsans aware.

“They could be waiting to do it again,” Watkins said. “We hope to get every possible player off the streets so it doesn’t happen again.”