Busting burglars during their shopping season


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Updated: 11/21/2012 10:14 am Published: 11/20/2012 9:06 pm


The Tulsa Police Department is using federal money to aggressively go after notorious burglars during the holiday shopping season and saturating Tulsa.

The “Stop” Initiative started Tuesday and already they arrested three suspects.

"We will be under every rock, behind every door," said TPD Burglary detective Brandon Bennett.

One mother doesn’t want to have a Christmas Eve like she did last year.

"I saw presents ripped everywhere," said Johna Council. "The Christmas tree was knocked over."

This year Council already has her tree up but is not letting the thieves steal her presents.

"You'll notice there are no Christmas presents under the tree. They are gone somewhere else in a secret place," said Council.

That is why TPD burglary detectives are going after serial burglars known as Grinches who are stealing Christmas.

"We are going to be on the road, on the streets, seven days a week, 24 hours a day," said Bennett.

The naughty list is made up known thieves with warrants and police are staking out neighborhoods to catch crooks red-handed.

"Deter by being in the right place at the right time," said Bennett.

An arrest reports states Timothy C. Davis, 45, was arrested after trying to steal a bicycle from a gated residence in the 800 block of North Florence on Tuesday.

Earlier that day in south Tulsa, Milique Simmons, 18, and a juvenile were caught breaking into a home in the 6600 block of S. Rockford. Reports state Simmons and the juvenile were seen by a neighbor using a tool to break the window. Officers tracked down the suspects shortly after the witness called police.

Some of the known thieves are already locked up in prison and other are waiting on their sentence such as Emmanuel Duffy, 19. He is accused of breaking into five homes on Friday. Stacy Gill was one of the targets.

"It's a new laptop," said Gill.

Before she even knew a stranger was in her home police were calling her about her stolen stuff.

Burglary detectives caught Duffy and a couple of kids unloading Gill’s flat screen television, laptops and stolen loot from other home burglaries.  

"When I got home the door was all the way back here like this," said Gill.

Her son’s 2011 Booker T Washington Academic Bowl class ring, her other son’s 2013 Booker T Washington Class ring and her husband’s 1984 Oklahoma Baptist University class ring were stolen and never found.

Her Coonhounds, Toby and June, were locked outside by the thieves.

"When I got home that panel was shoved down in there,” said Gill.

She thinks the thieves lured Toby and June with food.

"It was easy pickens. I thought it wasn't and it really was," said Gill.

Now she wants these Grinches to stay locked up this Christmas.

"The consequences need to be severe when they are caught," said Gill.

Police recommend you still need to keep your guard up this holiday season.

Lock your doors and windows and avoid advertising what you have inside your home. Do not post good buys on Faceboook or throw empty boxes from high ticket items on the curb.

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Mayor Maynot - 11/21/2012 7:02 AM
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I hate Grinches.
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