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Tulsa Police investigating string of armed robberies overnight

Posted at 7:54 AM, Oct 03, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-03 08:54:02-04

TULSA, Okla. - Tulsa Police are investigating five robberies within a few hours Tuesday night into early Wednesday morning.

It seems the criminals were targeting fast-food restaurants.

Officers first responded to the KFC near I-44 and South Union in West Tulsa just after 9 p.m.

Police said a man entered the store just before closing, pulled out a large machete and demanded money. One of the workers chased the man out of the store. The suspect jumped a fence and got into a silver or tan Acura or Honda with blue tape around the driver side back turn signal.

The suspect is described as a hispanic man, five feet, seven inches, about 150 lbs., wearing a black sweat shirt, black shorts with a red stripe down the side, and a black hat with a gold marijuana leaf on it.

Just before eleven, the Subway restaurant near 31st and Garnett was robbed. There's no word on what thieves might have taken.

Just after 11 p.m., two men armed with handguns and knives kicked in the door at McDonald's near 11th and South Harvard and stole money from a safe. Nobody was hurt and the store was closed to customers at the time.

Surveillance video captured the same getaway vehicle used at the earlier KFC robbery parked outside the McDonald's. Three suspects were seen getting out of the car, and police say one of them matched the clothing description of the suspect in the KFC robbery.

The crime wave continued with an armed robbery at Sonic near 71st and South Yale just after midnight.

Police said several suspects entered, pointed guns at the workers and demanded money. Their faces were covered but they were wearing black and gray shirts.

Less than an hour later, officers responded to QuikTrip near 71st and Riverside for another armed robbery.

A woman told police she was walking nearby when a white or tan vehicle pulled up, two men pointed guns at her and demanded money. The suspects took her wallet and drove away. She ran to the QT to call police.

Anyone with information is asked to call Tulsa Police.

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