Thief steals wallet while woman pumps gas

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Reported by: Angela Hong
Updated: 12/18/2013 9:09 am Published: 12/17/2013 4:47 pm

Tulsa police say people need to watch their backs.

They said a woman pumping gas at the QuikTrip at 51st and Sheridan had a thief crawl in front of her children and grab her wallet.

It happened around 8 p.m. on Monday.

Lisa Coakley said it was pretty busy, so she didn't think something like this could happen to her, especially with kids in the back seat.

"I would hate for this to happen to someone else or for kids to get scared," said Coakley.

On Monday night she did something she's done hundreds of times: fill up her car with gas.

But while she was doing that, someone crept around to the front of her car, and reached over and stole her wallet out of her purse.

"My 5 year old said, 'A man just stole all your money,'" said Coakley.

She said never thought someone could be so brazen to go into her car while she was standing right next to it.

"Especially someone who has children in the back and the person who took my wallet made eye contact with my 5 year old. It's just horrifying," she said.

Coakley said the person took hundreds of dollars in cash and gift cards, but also her sense of security.

"I've definitely learned my lesson. Lock my doors and don't take any chances," she said.

Coakley never saw the suspect but said her children saw him get away in a white SUV. Police told her that this type of crime is not uncommon at this time of year.

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Unwashed Mass - 12/18/2013 2:08 PM
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...Yet no surveillance video released. Hmm.

Mayor Maynot - 12/18/2013 9:15 AM
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Dirty Sermon (aka unwashed mass) #8 ^]] I don't imagine law enforcement will have any trouble getting QT to cooperate on sharing their video feed with them.

ZebraSpot - 12/18/2013 7:43 AM
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I always look at my children in the back seat while I pump gas...

Qwerty - 12/18/2013 2:09 AM
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"had a thief crawl in front of her children and grab her wallet." Please tell me the thief was an animal.

Unwashed Mass - 12/18/2013 12:13 AM
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QT has cameras every few feet, so the thief is on video. What a shame QT only uses that video to help itself and not it's customers. The victim may have to sue to see the video, but do it fast.

Mayor Maynot - 12/17/2013 5:36 PM
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Close the door and lock it.
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