Tulsa Police say serial burglar’s love of SpongeBob gave him away

TULSA, Okla. — Tulsa Police Burglary Detectives served a search warrant Sept. 16, arresting Edward Price for several burglaries.

The warrant was served at the Waterside Apartments Complex near 17th and West Jackson.

Detectives say they had received reports of five burglaries at the complex starting in July all the way through last week. Most of the burglaries were similar cases where the front door was kicked in and electronics, guns and televisions were stolen.

Tulsa Police say in several cases, Edward Price was seen wearing SpongeBob shorts and SpongeBob socks. Detectives say when Price went to sell some of the items on Facebook Marketplace, the SpongeBob shorts and socks were also seen in the background.

Detectives located the SpongeBob clothing items in the dryer of the apartment during the search warrant.

Detectives recovered multiple televisions, cell phones, iPads and tablets, guns, ammunition, internet routers and other electronics from the apartment where Price was staying. Many of the items have already been returned to the victims.

Price was arrested on three counts of burglary, knowingly concealing stolen property and having a gun after a previous felony conviction.

Price has been arrested for several burglaries in the past but most of those charges were dismissed because of a witness failing to appear.

Also arrested on September 13 was a woman who lives at the residence where the search warrant was executed, Eva Lewis. Lewis is facing three counts of child endangerment and one count of concealing stolen property.

As of Monday afternoon, neither Price nor Lewis had been formally charged according to the Tulsa County District Attorney’s office.

Their arraignment date has been set for September 22, 2022. Police said they do not believe Price acted alone and they are asking if anyone recognizes the man in the digital photo below taken during an alleged burglary to contact Tulsa Police.

Tulsa Police Lt. Tim Means described the clothing that the suspect, Edward Price, was wearing in a photo published to Facebook Marketplace, in which he was allegedly trying to sell a stolen I-Pad unique.

FOX23 asked Lt. Means if the distinctive shorts and socks that had SpongeBob SquarePants and other cartoon characters on them helped police solve the crime.

“It helped us identify the person selling the stolen property,” he explained, “so we backtracked that way.”