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Police search for armed robbers of an advance care center

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Reported by: Sharon Phillips
Updated: 1/31/2013 5:18 pm Published: 1/31/2013 4:15 pm

Armed thieves looking for narcotics forced their way into a Tulsa nursing home near 36th and Sheridan overnight.

The three men used a gun and forced an employee who was outside smoking to let them in. They immediately went to the medicine room and demanded specific drugs. It happened at the Companion’s Specialized Care Center around 3:30 early Thursday morning.

"There was actually a nurse inside that room that was putting away the narcotics that they had just received, and so they were banging on the door in order for her to open it,” says Tulsa Police Officer, Jillian Roberson.

Officers say the men each carried a trash bag and demanded she place the drugs in the bag. At some point, they got scared away but not before stealing a nurse’s purse.

"It's hard to determine whether this could have been an inside job or not,” says Roberson.

The men were seen running out of the building leaving their bags behind.

The police K-9 unit was tracking the suspects, but the dogs lost the scent when they escaped through a hole in a fence.

We wanted to find out what the care center was doing to make sure this doesn’t happen again. So, I went straight to the administrator of the facility to find out. She didn’t want to speak on camera, but did tell me that they are doing everything they can to ensure their patient’s safety. I then placed several calls to her boss, but my calls were not returned.

Officers say drug addicts will do anything to get a fix, including stealing from the elderly.

"I’m not sure there has been such a rise in nursing homes just because of their narcotics, but I think people are branching out more, and maybe don't always rob a pharmacy where it may be a little more difficult to gain the drugs and they've tried the nursing home now,” she says.

The facility does not have any security cameras, but police say it’s so important that if you are an employee who steps outside for a break make sure you are not alone and always be aware of your surroundings. All three thieves were wearing masks and hoodies.

If you have any information about this crime, you are asked to call Crime Stoppers at 918-596-COPS.

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