Woman Scamming Glenpool Businesses For Fake Softball League, Police Say
GLENPOOL, Oklahoma - We've learned new information this evening about a scam we first we warned you about on Friday.
Glenpool police are looking for a woman who they say stole thousands of dollars from area businesses by claiming she was raising money for a softball league.
News On 6 has found out the league doesn't exist.
Police say the woman has taken money while employees are distracted and she even has broken into one business to steal money.
The woman has been targeting businesses along a stretch of U.S. Highway 75 in Glenpool, police said.
She walks into businesses with a sign that reads, "Oklahoma Natives 2014-15" and says she's raising money for a softball league.
In one case, police say, she stole a bank bag full of money while the employee was distracted.
When she went to Easton Sod, however, the business was closed and, police say, she broke in through a back door and walked all around the office before taking money from the cash register as well as from a folder inside a desk drawer.
"She just went... quickly, no hesitation, no thought, just she knew what she was going to do," store manager Charles Rumbaugh said.
Glenpool police are hoping someone in the public can identify the woman.
They also want to know about the softball league for which she says she's raising money, the Oklahoma Native Fastpitch Softball League.
Roland Roberts/Softball Player: "Hmmm, never heard of her and I've never heard of a Native American fastpitch league for adults either," softball player Roland Roberts said.
Roberts is Creek and Seminole, he's also played fast pitch softball for 20 years.
"If there's a league, most of my colleagues would know about it and we haven't heard of one for about five years," he said.
We showed Roberts the surveillance picture, he didn't recognize the woman but he did recognize the shirt she's wearing.
"It looks like one of my old, actually it is one of my old designs. That's a basketball shirt," he said.
Roberts said the shirt is for a basketball fundraiser from four years ago. He helped design it and is worried the woman is connected to someone on that team.
"It makes it look bad if she's not associated with it, going around taking money," he said. "It's not right. I don't feel it's right."
Again, Roberts says there is no such thing as an Oklahoma Native Fast Pitch Softball League.
He says any fundraisers his fellow Native American fast pitch players do would not involve going door to door, instead it would be through tournaments or social media or word of mouth, and they would always give out receipts.