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3 OKC tanning salons robbed at gunpoint in 4 days


OKLAHOMA CITY — Police are hoping surveillance video leads to the arrest of a man who is accused of robbing three Oklahoma City tanning salons at gunpoint over the past four days.

All three salons are in northwest Oklahoma City and all were robbed at night.

Two of them are At The Beach salons, located at 12325 N. May Ave and 6401 N.W. Expressway.

The third is Caesars Tan, located at 7427 N. May Ave.

“It’s not worth going to prison over a few bucks. It’s just not,” At The Beach Regional Mgr. Darlena St Cyr said.

St Cyr said At The Beach is membership-based, therefore their stores never carry a lot of cash.

That’s why she can’t believe two locations were robbed Friday night and Sunday night at gunpoint, which she said traumatized the employees.

“As calm as the man was, is scarier because it was like no big deal to him,” she said.

Police believe the same person is responsible for all three armed robberies.

In surveillance video, the suspect can be seen walking into both At The Beach locations and pointing a gun at the desk clerk.

“He actually went in and asked to use the phone,” Sgt. Jennifer Wardlow said. “The clerk told him that it was not a phone for public use and it was then that he produced the weapon.”

St Cyr said the suspect can be seen on video telling the employee to walk toward a wall and stand there until he left the store in Sunday’s robbery.

“He’s very upset,” St Cyr said of the employee. “Very traumatized. He was going to meet with us today to be able to interview with you but he mentally, he can’t do it.”

She said the clerks are getting counseling and At The Beach will now have an additional employee working at night.

Wardlow said Caesars Tan was robbed Thursday night.

Their employees said they will now change the locks and buzz in customers at night.

Witnesses told police the suspect is a black male with a large build, standing just under six feet tall.

They said a white female was with him, with strawberry blonde hair, wearing a black t-shirt and jeans.

They said they believe the suspects got into a black SUV after the robberies.

Police said a cash reward is available to anyone with information leading to an arrest.

If you have any information you can call Crimestoppers at (405) 235-7300.