Tulsa Police Arrest Serial Robber

Tuesday, July 5th 2011, 5:55 pm
By: News On 6

Lori Fullbright, News On 6

TULSA, Oklahoma -- Tulsa Police arrested a man for robbing a Whataburger restaurant Monday, then found out he's robbed at least five other places.

7/4/2011 Related Story: Man Arrested For Robbing Tulsa Whataburger

Detectives learned 24-year-old Tristan Wilson-Crisp has done some type of thievery every day, either shoplifting or burglarizing, but also the more dangerous crime of armed robbery. They said he had no plans to quit.

Police said Wilson-Crisp, wearing a Halloween mask, robbed the QuikTrip at 13th and Denver in 2009. They said that was his very first armed robbery.

They say he didn't do another one until 2011, but then did five in a short amount of time.

They say he hit a Church's Chicken on east Pine January 1, 2011.

Then, they gave News On 6 surveillance pictures of him robbing the Arvest at 15th and Utica three weeks later.

Just two days after that, they say he robbed the Arvest Bank at 36th and Yale.

1/29/2011 Related Story: Suspect Shoots Ground In One Of Two Tulsa Bank Robberies

Then, a few weeks passed and they say he hit a Walgreens at 31st and Harvard.

2/21/2011 Related Story: Tulsa Police Look For Knife-Wielding Man Who Robbed Tulsa Pharmacy

"You really don't see this kind of diversity," Sergeant Brandon Watkins said. "Bank robbers usually hit banks. Convenience store guys usually stay with stores. This guy is all over the map."

They say when Wilson-Crisp robbed a Whataburger at 14th and Peoria on July 4, 2011, that was his un-doing.

They say officers spotted him walking, stopped him and witnesses identified him.

They say he was carrying two bags: one had a 9 millimeter handgun in it and the other was the store's money bag with the stolen money inside.

"The field did a great job, the officers finding him, they couldn't have done better," Sergeant Watkins said.

Detectives say they had no leads on the other robberies until Wilson-Crisp started talking. He told them he either rode a bike or stole a car for most of them.

They say he wouldn't have quit so, getting him off the streets now is safer for everyone.

"The difference between a robbery and a murder is this, so it's just a matter of time before something goes wrong," Sergeant Watkins said.