Hobby Lobby thieves caught on surveillance tape, watch now


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Reported by: Lynn Casey
Updated: 2/03 10:52 pm Published: 2/03 10:44 pm


Brave thieves took nearly $1,000 in jewelry from a local store, Hobby Lobby.

Police posted the video of the thieves on their Facebook page, it catches the crooks on surveillance camera doing the crime.

Our FOX23 crew went to the Tulsa police station and spoke with officers about why police said this theft and another are an example of a growing trend.

A man and woman walked into a south Tulsa Hobby Lobby store on Jan. 7 and left with jewelry in their pockets. But they also had a small child with them. Police say it's disturbing, but not that unusual.

We spoke with Tulsa Police Detective Kurt McLaughlin, hewho explained, "the alarming thing about this; what really bothered us was, it appeared to be a man and a woman and they had a small child, approximately 3 to 4 years of age."

The couple walked into the Hobby Lobby store on 71st street in south Tulsa on Jan. 7on what looked like an afternoon family shopping trip, was actually something else.

McLaughlin said, "they go through the aisles and they shop. And as they're shopping the man appears to be selecting items, and we see him on videotape.He's selecting jewelry items and he's placing them inside of his pocket in the presence of the child."

The woman was also stuffing jewelry into her purse, totaling in about $900 worth of jewelry the couple walked off with.

"There are a lot of places out there that will purchase scrap metal and they will re-sell it," McLaughlin said.

But what concerns police most is the couple's willingness to drag their kid into their crime.

"Unfortunately that's common. There are people that will use their children to deflect attention from loss prevention officers. It kind of gives them that wholesome image; that they're just shopping, as a family, together," McLaughlin explained.



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