Law: Crime Stoppers

Citizens get into the act

At a hamburger joint in Tulsa last February, a man in his mid-20s sat down, ordered a Coke, and then pulled out a pipe wrench and began beating the customer next to him. After that he jumped on the counter, shouting "Now you know I mean business!" and demanded the money in the cash register. He got it — $200 — and vanished, leaving behind stunned customers and a bloody victim.

That brutal robbery became the Tulsa citizens crime commission's "Crime of the Week." The commission's "Crime Stoppers" program aired...

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