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Tulsa police seek suspects in robberies

By Larry Levy Published: April 19, 2008
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TULSA — Nearly 20 armed robberies have been committed in Tulsa this week, but a Tulsa police sergeant thinks many were the same people's work.

Eighteen armed robberies were reported to the Tulsa police, including one Friday when cash was taken from a local video shop.

"I'd like to think they are same guys,” said police Sgt. David Walker, who heads the department's robbery unit.

The most recent robbery occurred Friday morning when three men held up a Blockbuster video store in east Tulsa, holding a clerk at gunpoint and taking cash. Descriptions of the robbers matched bandits who held up a man Wednesday in the parking lot of the Shenandoah Valley apartment complex, also in east Tulsa.

In both holdups, the robbers were described as being under age 20, between 5 feet 5 inches and 5 feet 10 inches tall, and generally dressed in black.

A similar description fit two of the suspects in four armed robberies in a concentrated area of east Tulsa in early April. In those robberies, two victims were pistol whipped.

Two men robbed employees Thursday night at a Subway restaurant in south Tulsa, leaving with an undetermined amount of cash. One of those robbers was described as white, while the other was described as Hispanic.

Walker said he believes many of the robbers "are cutting their teeth” on holdups in parking lots.

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