Robbery Suspect Given Probation, No Jail Time, For Prior Burglary Conviction

Friday, November 19th 2010, 7:17 pm
By: News On 6

Lori Fullbright, News On 6

TULSA, Oklahoma -- Police say the man in a surveillance video, robbing a Church's Chicken restaurant on November 14, 2010, is Robert Horey.

Despite waving around a gun and knocking down one employee, he told the employees on his way out to have a nice day. A tip led to his arrest.

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Detectives also suspect him of robbing some Family Dollar stores.

"It pisses me off," Wanda, a burglary victim, said. "None of this would've happened, them being scared, having a gun held to them, nothing if they took care of it the first time."

Wanda's home was broken into last year right before Christmas. News On 6 crime reporter Lori Fullbright interviewed her and was impressed that she had pictures and serial numbers of all her property in her cell phone with the help of an I-phone app.

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Wanda got broken into again, just two weeks later.

"The neighbor saw it happen and them go into a house," she said.  "Police showed up and no one had left so they surrounded the house and caught them and brought my television out, so there was the proof."

One of the men arrested was Robert Horey. He was given four years probation, no jail time.

Wanda believes had he not gotten a slap on the wrist then, he wouldn't be out to commit even more violent crimes now.

"Perhaps when they start breaking into judge's houses, prosecutor's houses, something will happen. Until it happens to them, they're not going to care," Wanda said.

Wanda's just thankful Horey didn't hurt anyone. She says he clearly didn't take advantage of the second chance he was been given and believes he's likely to just keep right on committing crimes unless he's sent to prison.

"Nail him to the wall. Prom queen of cell block A. Have a nice day," she said.

Horey is being held on a $55,000 bond for robbery with a dangerous weapon and possession of a firearm, but no charges have been filed yet.

As for Wanda, now, before she leaves for work every day, she puts all of her smaller items, like laptops, Wii, cameras, and other things in a safe that's bolted to the concrete.