Nursing home robbers fail to steal pills
BY AMANDA BLAND World Staff Writer
Thursday, January 31, 2013
Police are seeking three robbers who attempted to hold up a Tulsa nursing home for prescription medication but fled with an employee’s purse instead.
An employee was smoking outside of the Companions Specialized Care, 6201 E. 36th St., around 3:30 a.m. Thursday when three men forced her inside at gunpoint and ordered her to retrieve prescription pills from a locked room inside the facility, police said.
A second employee was inside the room and both were ordered to fill trash bags with narcotic pain relievers and other medications, said Cpl. Jerrod Hart.
The robbers apparently grabbed an employee’s purse and fled without the pills after a patient shouted from a nearby room, Hart said.
A K-9 unit tracked the robbers to a hole in a fence that surrounds a nearby apartment complex. Hart said the men likely had a vehicle waiting there, which they then used to flee the scene.
Police described the suspects as three black men who were between 5 feet 6 and 5 feet 7 inches tall. They appeared to be between 18 and 25 years old and were wearing hooded sweatshirts with bandanas over their faces.
Investigators believe the men had some knowledge of the facility’s operations.
Anyone with more information about the robbery is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 918-596-COPS (2677), online at tulsaworld.com/crimestoppers or via text message at CRIMES (274637). Text tips should begin with “Tip918.” Tipsters can remain anonymous and may earn a reward.