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Broken Arrow police warn public about pushy panhandlers

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Reported by: Brittany Jeffers
Updated: 10/16/2013 9:05 am Published: 10/15/2013 8:50 pm

Broken Arrow police say panhandlers are getting pushy when it comes to asking for money.

D'Ann told FOX23 that something didn't feel right when a man she didn't know approached her for money while she pumping gas at 11 p.m.

"He was giving me a story about needing $46.01 to finish paying his rent," said D'Ann.

When D'Ann said no, the panhandler pressed her.

"He was being so aggravated and aggressive," said D'Ann, "I was very uneasy."

Cpl. Leon Calhoun with the Broken Arrow Police Department said that a panhandler crosses the line when they ask for money and turn aggressive.

Calhoun said the aggressive panhandling increases around the holidays. He said that it is often reported at gas stations, on the side of the roadways and at department stores.

He said that if a panhandler becomes too pushy the best thing that you can do is try to get to a larger crowd.

"Anything you can do to keep them away from you," said Calhoun, "Go inside and alert the store clerk to call police."

Calhoun said that the person asking for money can be arrested for trespassing if they refuse to leave the store premises.

Calhoun that people should be cautious and aware of their surroundings. He said that if a person really does need help, the police can better assist them.

"You're not calling the police on them; you are calling the police for them, "said Calhoun, "We can help them find resources."

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WyoMoe - 10/16/2013 8:08 AM
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All the more reason for that "Concealed Carry Permit". I had one approach me at a gas station on 11th. Got back into the car and laid the Holster across the dash and picked the phone up and called police. Panhandler took off like Jessie Owens screaming a line of profanities. But he left!!

Mayor Maynot - 10/16/2013 1:09 AM
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Hmmmm Help them find resources? That's very interestink.?
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