TULSA, Okla. — The Tulsa Police Department is asking for the public’s help in identifying a man and woman caught on surveillance video stealing a large golf cart from a downtown church.
Tulsa police said it happened Jan. 31 at First Baptist Church around 3 p.m. in the afternoon.
The golf cart was taken from an alley so it’s possible the two caught on video didn’t realize it belonged to a church, but police are hoping someone recognizes the man and wife from the video and help them solve this crime.
In the video posted to the Tulsa Police Department’s Facebook page, you can clearly see a woman and a man entering the alley. The man, dressed in a blue short-sleeved T-shirt, can be seen looking around.
He then runs out, followed by the woman driving the 3-seater golf cart.
“From the looks of the video,” said Officer André Baul, “it looks like they were pretty deliberate, they knew exactly what they were going to do, and it happened pretty quickly.”
The driveway from where the golf cart was taken has CCTV cameras clearly visible and there is a no loafing sign posted on an adjacent building. Tulsa police say large golf carts of a similar size can be worth more than $5,000.
“Sometimes people like to keep them because it’s a golf cart, it’s a way to get around,” Baul explained, “these things aren’t cheap, they can try to sell them.”
Police are hoping someone will recognize the man and woman in the video and call Tulsa Crime Stoppers at 918-596-COPS.
After watching the video, Kendall Thomas, whose daughter attends school at First Baptist Church, shared his reaction:
“It’s a shame you know my daughter goes here and does a lot of great work,” Thomas said, “and it’s a shame someone is robbing a nonprofit, it’s hard for everyone, certainly a non-profit organization, it’s such a shame.”
Police say it’s not known to be a particularly high crime area, and no similar crimes involving downtown churches have been reported recently. The church would not comment on the incident.
If you have any information that might help them solve this case, you can call Tulsa Crimestoppers at 918-596-COPS. You can choose to remain anonymous and are invited to reference case #2022-301491.
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