TULSA Police looking for a pair of female bandits

Tuesday, November 6th 2001, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

Tulsa Police officers are after a couple of armed robbers on the loose. They're not your typical guys out robbing stores, in fact, they're not guys at all, they're women.

News on Six crime reporter Lori Fullbright explains how you can help put these equal-opportunity criminals behind bars. Even in Hollywood, women bandits are rare. But police say as the world changes, criminals change with it, and right now, Tulsa has its own team of women criminals who aren't afraid to point a gun for what they want. Tulsa Police Sgt Troy Rogers, Robbery Squad: "Maybe in this day and age, women feel they can do anything." Fullbright: "Even rob?" Sgt Rogers: "Even rob."

The women tried to rob a restaurant near 51st and Harvard Monday night. This is what the cashier at Piccadilly’s saw when she looked up to wait on a customer. She was so flustered by seeing the gun and the robber that her first instinct was to grab the bell she keeps by the cash register and start ringing it. That, of course, got the attention of the other employees and the customers and the robber ran out. They hopped into a red vehicle with tinted windows.

Police say the women robbers next headed to the Arby's at 31st and Garnett; they ordered a meal, but had no plans to pay for it. Sgt Troy Rogers: "One put the gun to the manager's waist and took money from the cash register and made all the employees lay down and ran outside to a waiting vehicle."

Witnesses say suspect number one is a black woman, between 21 and 25 years old, 5’-1”, 115 pounds with a black jacket and black stocking cap. Suspect number two is also a black woman, 16-18 years old, five-feet-five, 120 pounds with a black OU jacket and a blue bandana.

Their get-away car is a red or maroon Ford Taurus or Escort with tinted windows. One of the women matches the description of the woman who robbed a South Tulsa credit union a couple of weeks ago.

Police ask people to be on the lookout until Tulsa's version of Thelma and Louise are behind bars. If you know who's behind these robberies, you can call the Crimestoppers tip line at 596-COPS. You don't have to say who you are, but if your information helps police make an arrest, the Citizens Crime Commission will pay you a cash reward of up to $2,000.