Armed Robberies Investigated


Monday, September 24th 2007, 4:17 pm
By: News On 6


Tulsa Police are looking for leads in a series of brazen armed robberies Sunday that happened in broad daylight. News On 6 reporter Steve Berg reports police aren't sure if they're all connected, but the crimes are basically the same.

Tulsa Police say two to three black males approached the victims, sometimes asking to use a cell phone. And in all but one of the cases, the attackers hit the victim in the head with a pistol.

For Ryleen Polk, Monday should be a casual, sunny day to walk her dogs, King Arthur and Sir Lancelot. But just the day before, someone was robbed in the middle of the day here.

"That is frightening, very frightening," says neighbor Ryleen Polk.

Police say the first robbery happened about 2 p.m. at the Heatherstone Apartments near 33rd and Mingo. The robbers took the victim's cell phone and wallet and hit the victim in the head with a pistol.

Less than 30 minutes later, at Silver Creek Apartments near 41st and Garnett, robbers stole a person's cell phone and wallet and hit the person in the head with a pistol.

Then just before 6 p.m., at the Addison Apartments near Admiral and Mingo, a victim tells police that he was approached by three men asking to use his cell phone. He says they took his phone, his wallet, and his keys. He was pistol-whipped on the back of the head.

And ten minutes later, at the Somerset Apartments, a man says three men asked to use his cell phone.

He says they took his phone, his wallet, and his keys.

"So it has some indication that it could be the same subjects, but we don't have anything definite to go with that," says Tulsa Police officer Leland Ashely.

Officer Leland Ashely says it's a good reminder to be wary.

"We tend to think that nighttime you want to worry about crime, but of course any hour of the day you want to have your mind at least thinking about it, knowing where you're at, being aware of your surroundings. This is an indication that crime can happen anywhere, any time of the day," says officer Leland Ashley.

Polk says she's not surprised but still dismayed.

"That's very frightening that you can't live somewhere and be able to walk around and feel free to walk around. It's very, very scary," says neighbor Ryleen Polk.

Descriptions for the suspects are not very specific. Police are hoping that because these crimes all happened in the same general area and timeframe that it will jog someone's memory.

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