Skiatook police looking into links between burglaries and robberies


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Reported by: Janai Norman
Updated: 11/18/2013 7:13 pm Published: 11/18/2013 4:58 pm


A Tulsa woman accused of stabbing a man last month is back in jail.

Alicia Duke is behind bars for first-degree burglary and child endangerment.

Last month, she was arrested for stabbing a man during a bar fight at Utopia Bar.

Alicia Duke's mother and brother say this latest crime is just more proof she's wrapped up with the wrong crowd.

"This, this isn't Alicia," said Melissa Kleweno, Duke's mother.

The woman police said broke into a house, and was in the process of stealing cleaning supplies and kitchen appliances.

"My detergent, my dishwashing soap, my mop, just anything that looked good. They didn't find the expensive stuff," said Ralph Calvert, the homeowner.

FOX23 caught up with Kleweno picking up her daughter's car from the scene of her most recent arrest.

Less than four weeks ago, FOX23 reported that Duke was arrested for allegedly stabbing a man.

Her mother says this represents Duke's new interest.

"It's the drugs. These kids are getting involved with drugs and they're getting lured into things they wouldn't normally do," she said.

"I thought I'd let them get deep enough in that they couldn't deny that they were here and sure enough it worked out just fine," said Calvert.

Calvert said five minutes felt like eternity while he waited for police to show up after Duke and a friend broke through his garage door window.

That friend was able to get away, but not Duke, who officers arrested at the home.
"He said we don't usually catch them, we don't usually find them. So they were glad to get this one, apparently she'd been working the neighborhood pretty well," said Calvert.

Now, Skiatook police are investigating whether Duke could be the burglar they've been after for weeks.

Police showed FOX23's Janai Norman surveillance video of a suspect about 5-foot-3, believed to be a woman, robbing an EZ Mart.

In the last month, FOX23 reported more than 10 home burglaries, and now a robbery caught on camera.

A suspect in a black hoodie with orange writing gets away with cash.

"The store clerk seemed to think it was a female, that coupled with our burglaries, it is possible, and I'll stress the word possible that it could be the same individual," said Detective Jerry Bullard with Skiatook police.

Bullard admits the possibilities are slim, but still possible.

As far as the odds of having a female burglar and female robbery suspect are slim in a town this size

"We'll probably throw her in a photo lineup, put her in the mix, and see if anybody recognizes her," said Bullard.

The only difference FOX23 uncovered are cars. Duke drives black Dodge Charger compared with a gold Chrysler identified in the burglaries, but Bullard said he's not ruling it out.

"I'll certainly consider it as a possibility, but I'm not going to rule out the possibility it is two individuals," he said.

Bullard also said the recent spike in crime is keeping detectives busy, and that's why they're continuing to look into every possible lead.


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Unwashed Mass - 11/19/2013 1:27 PM
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This is too convenient for Skiatook PD. They just want to close some old cases they didnt adequately handle the first time around.
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