Walgreen's robberies are moving into south Tulsa


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Reported by: Sara Whaley
Updated: 12/29/2013 10:10 pm Published: 12/29/2013 9:09 am


For the second time in only four days, Tulsa police are investigating an armed robbery at a local drug store where the thief got away with pills.

Police tell FOX23 the latest robbery happened Saturday evening at the Walgreens store near 101st and Yale.

Police tell us they aren't sure of a connection, but they do know that the robberies were a lot alike.

Both happened here in south Tulsa, and in both cases, the thief was a woman who demanded prescription drugs.

The Walgreens pharmacies in south Tulsa are taking a hit.

It was hit two times in four days.

FOX23 spoke with Tulsa Police Department's Rick Helberg.

He described last Wednesday's robbery at a Walgreen's near 91st and Sheridan.

"She went to the pharmacy, implied she had a weapon and demanded narcotics."

On Saturday evening, Tulsa police tell us they responded to an almost identical call.

In a phone interview, Capt. Steve Odom said a woman walked into the Walgreens near 101st and Yale and, "slipped the pharmacist a note that demanded drugs and she said she had a gun."

The pharmacist say they then gave her what she asked for.

Police tell FOX23 the thief got away with 150 pills in all.

Similar to Wednesday's robbery, as soon as she got the pills, the thief ran away.

Helberg told FOX23 about the pharmacists' decisions in these cases.

He explained they are doing the right thing.

"[If] she says she has a weapon. They have no reason to believe otherwise."

In both cases no one was hurt.

So now the investigation continues.

Police tell me they are working to figure out if the two cases are linked.

The only major difference in the robberies was what the thief was wearing.

Wednesday, witnesses said the woman had on some type of ski mask.

On Saturday, they say the thief was wearing a hat and a hooded sweatshirt with a scarf covering everything but her eyes.

Police tell us they do know the type of pills taken in yesterday's robbery, but they aren't releasing that information.

We will continue to follow the investigation closely and bring you new information just as soon as we have it.

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Mayor Maynot - 1/2/2014 2:35 PM
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From running a store for five years I know why they steal from you. It's because the door is open.

Mayor Maynot - 1/2/2014 2:32 PM
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I'm having trouble believing that I said that. I'm clever but not like that. As for WHY people rob stores that's a no brainer. It's a pure case of economics. If they just gave it away on the street corner then nobody would want it. But you can't make a million off of just giving it away. As a matter of fact I probably said welcome back to the history channel. Catch a gear before you dissappear. I think zumbody es replazink mein text.

Mayor Maynot - 12/31/2013 9:52 AM
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So have FOX23 Reporters found out WHY this is happening yet. You ever find out WHY people are thieves and learn how to prevent it you could make millions.
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