Call to Tulsa Police Gets Red Tape Instead of Help
The scene of the crime was Jim Humphrey's office, where a thief just casually walked in while Jim was away from his desk and helped himself to some electronic goodies.
"He came in and off he went with my Ipad and Iphone," he said.
Immediately, Jim and his friends hit the streets, checked with the nearby pawn shop and called the cops, who said...
"Since it's a burglary you need to come back to the office and you need to meet with an officer here," said Humphrey.
So while he's back at the office he launches that Find My Iphone app and lo and behold...
"My stuff was at the Tulsa downtown bus station," he said.
So they head to 3rd and Denver, talk to the transit police, who happen to be familiar with the thief, and according to Jim they tell him...
"He does this all the time, the police department is aware of it and they'd like to catch him red handed," said Humphrey.
And it couldn't get any more red-handed then the homing signal from the bus that ended up traveling to Harvard & Pine, where's the thief entered Little Caesar's as Jim got on the phone once again to the cops and said...
"A guy stole my Ipad and my Iphone and I know where he is, he's standing right here in front of me, he's got it with him, and I've tracked him to this location, and I need a policeman sent to this location. And they asked me if I had already filled out the information with regard to a burglary report. And I said no, I've been tracking this guy," he said.
Incredibly, Jim says a cop was never sent.
"There might have been some miscommunication on the phone lines.," said Tulsa police spokesman Leland Ashley.
Normally, says TPD, in that situation an officer should have been dispatched.
"I can't take sides and say who was right or who was wrong, what might not have been understood is that yes, this occurred at one location, you know I followed the suspect here, and I'm looking at the suspect and can you send officers. I think that may be where the ball could have been dropped," said Ashley.
A ball that ended up costing Jim $1,500 when the thief turned off the equipment, slipped away, and left nothing but a trail of frustration.
"We did all the detective work, we led them to them, and then they didn't do anything," said Humphrey.