Police release surveillance video of EZ Mart robbery

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Story by: Janai Norman
Updated: 8/28/2013 4:40 pm Published: 8/26/2013 11:13 am

Tulsa police have released surveillance video of a robbery at an EZ Mart convenience store.

An overnight robbery at an East Tulsa convenience store has some people questioning when they should offer help.

The EZ Mart near Memorial Drive and the Broken Arrow Expressway was robbed just after 4 a.m. Monday.

FOX23's Janai Norman found out the crime started while the clerk was closing up according to police.

They said a man knocked on the door telling the clerk inside he needed help and to call police.

Police said when the clerk unlocked the door to help he ended up being robbed and assaulted.

"Why would I not help them if they need it?" one customer asked.

It's that human instinct to help that Tulsa Police Department Officer Jill Roberson told FOX23 can sometimes get you in trouble.

FOX23 discovered police have seen this tactic before, as recently as last week in a robbery at the Utopia Bar and Lounge.

"The bar was closed down, the individual approached the door there as well stating they just needed to use the phone because they needed a ride," Roberson explained.

FOX23 asked and police said they don't believe the crimes are related.

But Roberson said criminals may say they're sick, hurt or even running from someone, playing the victim in order to get inside your home or business and make you the victim.

"It kind of makes me a little bit uneasy because it will make people less prone to help people who actually need it," customer Dylan Noe told FOX23.

At the E-Z Mart Monday employees couldn't talk about the robbery, but customers like Noe did.

He said, "It kind of makes you wonder if you actually want to help people, if they actually need the help, or they're just trying to use you to rob you or hurt you or harm you."

Norman asked another man, David Philpot, whether he's ever helped a random stranger.

"Oh yeah, I have," he said. "But usually late at night strangers don't just run up, they'll notify before they even get close to you."

Philpot said he's been in the situation before but uses extreme caution.

"You should want to help, but you have to watch out nowadays, there are too many people out there who don't really need it and do bad things"

Police also urge caution, and say if you're ever unsure of a situation just call 911.

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lexluger - 10/2/2013 8:15 AM
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I've worked overnights at this store, and there's no way in hell that I'd open the door for anybody, even if they were covered in blood. I would have called the cops and talked to the person through the window but as far as opening the door...no way.

Bobber Bob - 8/28/2013 7:26 PM
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