Clean Sweep: Police searching for armed robbers who stole from local laundry mat

OKLAHOMA CITY – A small business owner in Oklahoma City gets a rude wake up call from a pair of brazen thieves.

Just after 8 a.m. Wednesday morning, police were called to an armed robbery at a laundry mat near N.W. 18th St. and Portland Ave.

The store owner had just opened up for the day when the two alleged thieves stormed inside.

The men allegedly threatened the owner with knives and demanded cash.

Jagrudi Patel, the owner, said, “One that had a knife, they said, ‘Give me money, give me money’.”

Patel handed over her cash, while the second suspect broke the glass on some coin operated games to steal quarters.

She said, “When they got the money and all that, they said, ‘Let’s go, let’s go.’”

Since the business had just opened, there were no customers inside the store.

The suspects didn’t steal a lot of money before fleeing, but it’s still the scariest moment of Patel’s life.

She said, “This is the first time in my life, so I’m shaking.”

Jitendra Patel, co-owner of the business, said, “It’s a small amount of money. It’s not an issue the money, it’s risking the life, you know.”

Patel’s husband says the business has seen a few overnight break-ins over the years, but never in broad daylight and never with armed suspects.

Jitendra said, “We feel like home over here, never scared, you know, and then this happens.”

Jagrudi said, “Thank God they don’t like, they don’t give me a hard time.  I just give the money and they go run.”

Unfortunately, the two suspects were wearing some sort of mask over their faces, so there’s not a good description of them.

So far, no arrests have been made.

The victim has several cameras inside the store but the system wasn’t properly set up to record, so there’s no video of the crime.

Police say the victim in this case did the right thing to avoid getting hurt.

It’s always best to cooperate with armed thieves and live to tell the tale.