Help Catch A Crook

Sunday, August 18th 2002, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

Armed robberies are always dicey. You never know if the person pointing the gun will pull the trigger.

In his week's To Catch A Crook case, he did. The victim lived, but as News on Six crime reporter Lori Fullbright tells us, the bad guy got away.

Tulsa Police Officer Andy Phillips says the robber snuck into the motel lobby at 114 E. Skelly Drive through a laundry room and surprised the clerk during the lunch hour on August 7th.

"The suspect demanded money from the clerk and the clerk said no and the suspect shot him in the forearm."

The man was tall and skinny and wearing all blue clothes, he ran off behind the motel. Police say these crimes always have the potential for violence.

Phillips said "Always an unknown thing because you don't know their motive, if they're on narcotics or what they'll do, you don't ever know."

Police say once a criminal uses violence and gets away with it, it makes them more likely to be violent again the next time.

If you know who committed this crime, you can call Crimestoppers at 596-COPS. You don't have to give your name and if your tip leads to an arrest, the Citizens Crime Commission will pay you a cash reward of up to two-thousand dollars.