Tulsa police arrest 3 teens over weekend, possibly linked to multiple crimes this summer

Posted at 6:07 PM, Aug 09, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-09 23:06:02-04

TULSA-- Police may have a huge break in solving several recent car thefts and burglaries.

Officers arrested three teenagers over the weekend and say they're now close to figuring out if the teens are behind the recent spike in car thefts in south Tulsa.

Kimberly Olson keeps her hands full with her two little ones. The mom who runs a home daycare says she's been on edge recently after someone stole her car from her driveway.

Now police think they have the suspects, three teens, behind bars.

"The first thought is where are their parents how did they get away with this for so long," Olson said.

The boys - two 15-year-olds and one 16-year-old are in custody after a short pursuit with officers in a stolen vehicle Saturday.

The chase ended with several stolen guns and other items recovered.

Police say the teens were using stolen guns to commit more robberies. Officers say it could be the break detectives need after a recent spike in car thefts.

"They're looking at them for several auto thefts several car burglaries so hopefully they'll be a lot of cases solved having these three people off the street," said Tulsa police Officer Jeanne MacKenzie.

Officers spotted the stolen car and tried to pull the teens over on East 71st St. after they robbed at least two other people at gunpoint Friday and Saturday.

The boys ran but were caught shortly after.

"I hope that they get caught if these boys are the ones that did it I’m glad that they got caught and I hope that they're tried as adults,” Olson said.

Police say since the crimes involved guns stolen from an F.B.I. officer's car in Bixby-- these teens likely will be charged as adults.

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