Armed Robber Hits East Tulsa Home Through Open Garage

Saturday, November 16th 2013, 4:05 pm
By: Dee Duren

Police warn residents to be extra aware of their safety following an armed robbery at an East Tulsa home. It happened shortly before 1 p.m. in the 8200 block of East 35th Street.

Corporal Kelvin Williams said a home owner had been working in his garage and left the door unlocked when an armed man came in. The man heard his garage door slam and went to investigate. When he walked into his kitchen, he found the armed robber.

The robber used zip ties to tie the victim's hands and instructed the homeowner not to look at him, police say.

Williams said it's not an uncommon occurrence in the holiday season.

"Everybody needs to be aware of their surroundings as far as making sure their doors and garages are locked to prevent this type of incident from happening - make sure they're safe," he said.

Williams said it's most likely a crime of opportunity where suspects are driving down the street to see who is possibly unprotected.

The suspect is described as a white male 40 to 45 years of age, about 5'11 and 175 pounds. He left with the homeowner's wallet and some other valuables.

Fortunately, the robbery victim was not injured.

If you can help police with this crime, call Crime Stoppers at 918-596-COPS.