Tulsa clerk robbed, bound with duct tape

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Updated: 5/01/2013 8:54 am Published: 4/30/2013 4:31 pm

A couple of bandits are on the run after they held up a Wireless Cricket employee, put a gun to her head and bound her arms and mouth with duct tape.

"We are not going to rest, these types of people need to be taken off the street before someone ends up dead,” said Tulsa Police Robbery Sergeant Brandon Watkins.

On Monday around 2:45 pm, Tulsa robbery detectives were called to Cricket Wireless near 68th and S. Peoria to investigate a heist that was caught on camera.

Police released surveillance video of a man and woman robbing the Cricket Wireless. The clerk says the thieves acted like they were customers so she went to help them.

“He just pulled it out and put it in my side,” said Fran.

He pulled a gun on the clerk and forced her to walk to the back of the store.

"My mind was racing, my heart was racing,” said Fran.

She says as he forced her to the back of the room, he was checking to see if anyone was in the store and then moved the gun to her head. She was alone.

"God is going to watch out for me. Today is not my day, today is my day to live,” said Fran.

She says she’s worked in retail and has been taught not to put up a fight against a thief.

"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.

Surveillance doesn’t show what the man did next but Fran says she was forced to go 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 Fran.

Surveillance shows the woman stealing the cash from the register and then goes in the back to check on the man.

"She asked him why he didn't tape my feet together,” said Fran.

Once the thieves left, Fran says she was able to free herself from the duct tape.

"I have really long fingernails, so I started digging at the tape to get it off and I got one hand free,” said Fran.

She says she ran to a nearby business and called police. The next day she was at work.

"I am not going to let anyone keep me from living my life. I am not going to live in fear,” said Fran.

Detectives say take-over robberies like this are rare, but they are comparing similar cases to see if they can find the suspects.

Sgt. Watkins reports robberies are down 3% compared to this time last year. However, detectives anticipate they will increase over the summer.

The male was seen wearing a straw fedora hat and the woman had sunglasses on during the heist.

If you have any information call the Crime Prevention Network’s Crime Stoppers at (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.

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Steve In Tulsa - 5/5/2013 7:15 AM
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The woman in that black wig and sunglasses looks just like Gina Renee Tucker. Exact same height, body, and face... http://www.bustedmugshots.com/oklahoma/tulsa/gina-renee-tucker/102602051

craven976 - 4/30/2013 7:55 PM
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Do the police seriously release the crappiest picture on file when asking for help or what?
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