Thieves Tie Up Cleaning Crew While Robbing Tulsa Drug Store

Thursday, September 2nd 2010, 10:49 am
By: News On 6 & Lacie Lowry, The News On 6

TULSA, OKLAHOMA -- Tulsa Police are looking for four men in connection with the armed robbery of a Walgreens Pharmacy at Sheridan and Pine Thursday morning.

Police say three men armed with a rifle and a pistol entered the store at about 7:45 a.m. and tied up the store's cleaning crew.  A fourth man remained outside in a van.

The store was closed, but the cleaning crew was inside and left the front doors unlocked.

Police say the three then rummaged through the cash registers and pharmacy taking an undetermined amount of both money and drugs.

"Tied up some of the cleaning crew, dragged the manager around the store, got into the registers," said Tulsa Police Sergeant Jeff Cealka.

Witnesses said the robbers wore hoodies and ski masks and were armed with a rifle and a pistol.

They ran from the store and left in the white van. A short time later, police spotted the van abandoned in the 2200 block of North Joplin.

Juel Fox owns property nearby.

"The sliding door was half off it's hinges, how that happened I don't know, and it was running," Fox said. "I said, in that case, we better call them."

"Our belief is they had a vehicle stashed real close, they drove off in it and from where they stashed it, they're on a highway, going east or west without any problem at all," Sergeant Cealka said.

No one was injured in the hold-up, just a little shaken.

Anyone with information about the suspects or the robbery are asked to call Crime Stoppers at 596-COPS.