Serial shoplifter arrested in another string of thefts
BY ZACK STOYCOFF World Staff Writer
Thursday, March 01, 2012
3/01/12 at 5:01 PM
A convicted serial shoplifter was arrested Wednesday on allegations that he shoplifted from six Tulsa stores within months of his prison release, records show.
Stacy Gene Bunch, 39, is accused of stealing $2,385.52 worth of merchandise between Sept. 16 and Nov. 2, court records show.
He was released from prison Aug. 12 after serving more than two years for five shoplifting convictions and is set to be on probation for a sixth conviction until April.
Court affidavits say Bunch is a well-known shoplifter and that a loss prevention officer who works for three of the stores recognized him from past shoplifting incidents.
He is accused of taking $225 worth of cologne Sept. 16 from Ulta at 7505 S. Olympia Ave.; two coffeemakers Sept. 22 from Drug Warehouse at 3126 S. Harvard Ave.; $759.94 worth of tool sets Oct. 8 from Ace Hardware at 3948 S. Peoria Ave.; $259.90 worth of electronics and cosmetics Oct. 17 from CVS Pharmacy at 7041 S. Yale Ave.; $508.70 in Lego Star Wars books the same day from Barnes & Noble at 8620 E. 71st St.; and a vacuum cleaner and another item Nov. 2 from Home Depot at 4041 S. Sheridan Road.
Employees from each store pointed out Bunch in a police lineup, affidavits show.
He was also filmed by security cameras at several of the stores, along with his vehicle and its tag number, the documents say.
He was charged Feb. 3 in two separate cases with six counts of larceny of merchandise from a retailer.
Tulsa police arrested him on the charges about 3 p.m. Wednesday. He was released on $15,000 bond that night.
Along with larceny convictions in 2009, he has larceny convictions in 2004 and 2007 and several drug convictions. A charge of armed robbery against him was dismissed in 1988.
Jail records list his address as a hotel in Tulsa.
Stacy Gene Bunch