|Updated: 5/29/2013 9:47 am
||Published: 5/28/2013 8:32 pm
A couple is being dubbed by police as "a modern day Bonnie and Clyde" that are hitting stores across Tulsa and pointing guns at clerks and tying them up.
"Coming in, taking care of the employees and holding them at gunpoint moving them away so other people can't see them," said Tulsa Police Robbery Segt. Brandon Watkins.
This has been a story FOX23 News has been following since the first holdup April 29 at the Cricket Wireless at 68th and South Peoria.
Robbery detectives believe the couple could be connected to a string of violent robberies in Tulsa and possibly other towns in Oklahoma.
When FOX23 News interviewed the clerk at the Cricket story last month, she says the couple acts like regular customers and sound well educated and intelligent but they quickly turn violent. The man was caught on surveillance video pulling out a gun and putting it to her head.
"My mind was racing, my heart was racing," said Fran.
For protection, she didn't want to release her full identity. She says the man forced her into the break room.
"He made me lay down face first, on the floor, put my hands behind my back. Duct tape my hands, duct tape my mouth to keep me from screaming," said the clerk.
Police knew the bandits were not messing around
"Once you make the leap into tying people up and taking over stores at gunpoint, you are not going to stop unless you are prison," said Watkins.
Police believe two weeks after the Cricket Wireless robbery the couple targeted employees at the Sonic. New surveillance photos show inside the Sonic a man in a black hat point a gun at an employee and grab her ponytail forcing her to hand over cash.
“Oh, extremely dangerous. Once people start getting tied up you know this is not your everyday robbery," said Watkins.
Surveillance photos show the female suspect wearing a green long-sleeved shirt and hat. Detectives believe it's the same couple who held up the Cricket and possibly a Wal-Mart check and go type place and a carjacking from last week.
Officers fear what could happen next and say you should do what the clerk did and comply.
"It's not worth your life, it's not worth anybody else's life. It's just money. Money can be replaced you can't," said Fran.
Detectives believe the couple may not be from Tulsa. Watkins says he's received calls from Muskogee and Stillwater police departments believing the couple may be connected to crimes in their towns.
The man and woman are known to be holding hands when they walk in, they speak intelligently and act educated. The man is described as wearing a light colored Fedora hat and the woman may wear sunglasses inside the store.
If you have any information call the Crime Prevention Network's Crime Stoppers a 918-596-COPS (2677) or text a tip to "CRIMES" (274637) and begin your message with "TIP918" or you can submit a tip online at www.tipsubmit.com. Remember you never have to give your name and your tip could lead to a cash reward.