Reeling in thieves targeting Bassmaster fans

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Updated: 2/22/2013 9:09 am Published: 2/21/2013 9:01 pm

A pair of thieves are caught on surveillance camera racking up charges on a stolen credit taken in a south Tulsa hotel parking lot.

Tulsa police released surveillance photos of two suspects charging items from three different stores. Detectives believe the crime spree spans from Norman to O'Fallon, Missouri.

Officers say the victim was targeted in a purse snatching in a south Tulsa hotel parking lot near 71st & Highway 169.

With 100,000 people expected to descend on Tulsa for the Bassmaster Classic and almost every major hotel room is booked, police do not want thieves to target new visitors.

FOX23 talked to an angler from Lafayette, Arkansas.

"I can go home and sleep in my own bed and not a hotel if I want to," said Jason Cossey.

Anglers from Kalamazoo, Michigan were also in town.

"Everybody is here, everybody is here. It's going to be an awesome show," said Robert Taylor.

Even anglers from Italy were descending in Tulsa.

"First time in the United States, I'm very, very happy," said Johnny Gatani.

Tulsa police want every angler and fans to keep from getting hooked by a crook.

"If someone is up to no good it is real likely they will get caught," said TPD Special Enforcement Sgt. Les Young.

Marching orders include officers on every corner around the BOK.

"Anywhere between 35 and 40 officers in the downtown area," said Young.

Officers will be watching traffic and for suspicious people.

"You guys don't have a big problem with crime here do you? I thought it was a pretty good city?" said Taylor.

FOX23 News found priority crimes are down including car break-ins and police want to keep it that way.

"Lock up my car and put all my valuables away and try to carry little money and ID," said Cossey.

They don't want to leave anything to lure a thief.

"Pillows and blankets that's all that is left. We were packed up to here with our fishing rods through the window," said Taylor.

Because the only thing these angler want hooked are bass.

"Tulsa is a fantastic city," said Gatani.

FOX23 News called area hotels and checked with the Metro Tulsa Hotel and Lodging Association who say they already have security in their hotel and some have cameras.

Tulsa police also say patrol officers in all divisions will also be patrolling around hotel parking lots to keep thieves out.

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Mayor Maynot - 2/21/2013 9:27 PM
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Bet they reel in some whoppers.
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