Police Take 2 Men Into Custody Connected To Several Tulsa Robberies

Tuesday, July 17th 2018, 8:15 am
By: News On 6

Police took two men into custody at a Tulsa motel Tuesday morning.  

Officers tell News On 6 it happened after police found a blue Chevy Cobalt believed to be connected to a string of Tulsa robberies over the past several weeks parked outside the motel.

Police searched the car as well as a room at the Motel 6 at the Broken Arrow Expressway and 129th East Avenue. 

Officers have been working around the clock because in these robberies, victims have been beaten and shot. Detectives were afraid it was only a matter of time before someone was killed.

The men arrested were identified as Donnie Connor and Daniel Santa Cruz. A third man was questioned. 

Officers spotted the Cobalt and say both men were inside. Santa Cruz still had loot on him from one of the robberies, officers say.

They say both men admitted to one robbery each, but police believe they've both been involved in additional crimes. Detectives say the men picked targets at random, typically striking early in the morning hours.

Robbery Sergeant Brandon Watkins said it was a huge break in the investigation, but there's still more work to do.

"It's really significant," Watkins said. "We are well on our way towards getting all these guys, and that's our goal. We don't want to leave any of them out there to continue this string or get away with what they've done so far."

Watkins said it's hard to say how many more in this "crew" are still out there, but he hopes the people of Tulsa feel safer knowing two of them are now off the streets.