McAlester News-Capital, McAlester, OK

November 27, 2012

Police probe robbery at truck stop

By Jeanne LeFlore
Staff Writer

McALESTER — Three men robbed a local truck stop and it’s all caught on tape, according to authorities.

 The robbery happened near midnight Saturday night at the Savanna Truckstop on State Highway 69.
Several Pittsburg County Sheriff’s deputies along with a Kiowa K-9 police officer responded to the scene after a panic alarm was sounded by the clerk, according to a police report.
One of the men called the clerk to the back room where he had spilled a drink and while the clerk went to get a mop another man in a red coat went behind the counter and grabbed more than $1,800 in cash, the report states.
The clerk back to the register just as the man was running out of the door with the cash and she tried to stop him, according to the report. After the man pushed her out of the way the clerk pushed the panic button which summonded the officers.
Kiowa Police Chief Tony Runyon said k-9 officer Dustin Walls and his police dog were able to trace the suspects to the street where some of the cash was found.
No arrests have been made as the case is still under investigation, according to Pittsburg County Undersheriff Richard Bedford. 
Bedford said the survelliance video is expected be released later this week.
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