Christimas grinches caught thanks to tip to Tulsa Police

Friday, December 21st 2001, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

Three Christmas crooks are behind bars. Tulsa Police Thursday night arrested 3 men in connection with the theft of Christmas cash from an 80-year-old grandmother.

Tulsa Police say the three, 21-year old Juan Rios, 18-year old Joshua Bell, and 25-year old Charles Smith were booked into the Tulsa County Jail on a complaint of unauthorized use of a credit card. All three denied to police they stole money from elderly woman.

Pauline says the men pretended to check her roof for repairs. She says while one distracted her outside, another was going through her purse inside, stealing credit cards and cash. Thanks to the generosity of Channel Six viewers, the holidays will still be happy for Pauline.

Moments after our report, KOTV was flooded with calls from people wanting to help. Now, thanks to those donations from good Samaritans, we gave Pauline back the money she lost.

A total of $325 was raised. She said she would only keep the amount that was taken, $290 and the rest she would give to the food pantry at her church.