Smash-and-grab burglaries increase in East Tulsa

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Reported by: Sharon Phillips
Updated: 2/21 10:03 pm Published: 2/21 9:55 pm

TULSA, Okla. - A series of smash-and-grab burglaries have Tulsa police detectives hoping the public can help identify the culprits.

Over the past few months, there have been four burglaries at two different Dollar General stores at 11th Street and Garnett Road and Fourth Street and Lewis Avenue.

Police said the two people can be seen on video walking up to the store and taking large rocks and throwing them through the glass doors.

Officers believe more than likely, all four burglaries are connected and are being committed by the same people.

“They always break out the front window with a rock and they make entry into the store and then they take items like cigarettes and food," said Tulsa police Officer Jillian Roberson.

Police told FOX23 that all of the crimes are happening between 1-6 a.m.

In the surveillance pictures, you can tell how the glass shattered and then two people walk through the front doors.

In another photo FOX23 has, you can see what appears to be a man leaning back to throw a rock through the front door.

(These pictures and the video are attached to this web story.)

The Dollar General manager said the thieves made off with $1,300 worth of cigarettes during one of the burglaries.

They're also making off with energy drinks and even pregnancy tests.

Gail Kraft is a faithful customer, but is concerned about crime in this area continuing to rise.

"It's just sad that it's getting that way. East Tulsa used to be really nice but I think it's kind of going down," said Kraft.

Police believe the burglars are in their early to late teens and they always wear hoodies or stocking caps.

"They should be monitored by their parents. If they are teenagers then their parents should be accounting for that," said Randy Drinkhard, another Dollar General customer.

"This has always been kind of a rough area of town and it seems like it's kind of getting worse," said Dollar General customer Tim McLean.

McLean shops at the Dollar General store at 11th Street and Garnett Road often.

Word traveled fast about the recent smash-and-grab burglaries there.

We did some checking with Tulsa police about these types of crimes.

"There's no rhyme or reason to it. They just do it and they don't care. There's no remorse and they do it without thinking. It's just crazy," said Roberson.

While business owners are left to clean up the mess and foot the cost of new glass doors and stolen products, police are hoping the public will recognize the people in the photos and give them a call.

Officers said these type of crimes are happening more and more.

"They are more common than you think because that's typically the only way that they are going to get into a business late at night," Roberson said.

It's a quick crime for a quick buck.

"Most likely (they) sell (the stolen items). I mean, it’s quick money but taxpayers have to pay for it," said Roberson.

Officers say the first burglary occurred in November and the latest one happened in January.

They believe it's the same two people committing the crimes.

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Mayor Maynot - 2/22/2014 5:37 PM
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They'll need pregnancy tests after the laws catch them. They could be screwed for an easy ten. P
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