Unusual smash-and-grab sparks Bethany manhunt, arrests

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BETHANY, Okla. – A smash and grab leads to a brief manhunt in Bethany.

A pair of suspects got arrested following the break-in at a car wash near N.W. 39th St. and Council Rd. Sunday morning.

Officials say the suspects essentially got caught in the act.

Bethany police showed up at the same time the alleged crooks tried to flee the business and the  whole crime was recorded on camera.

The two thieves could be seen rummaging through drawers and cabinets before eventually snagging a couple of safes and running outside at the exact moment police showed up.

That forced the men to flee the car wash on foot and run into the woods, along with a third woman who stayed outside during the burglary.

“She was pretty much the spotter,” said business manager Victor Avalos.

After a brief search, one suspect and the woman were caught.

That’s when the female suspect started telling a whole different story.

“The cops said she said they were keeping her captive,” said Avalos.

Avalos doesn’t believe that’s true and says the trio had been driving a stolen car, with other stolen items inside as well.

“They found a gun in the car, a gun with the female and merchandise and ID’s from other people. A lot of stuff in there,” said Avalos.

Bethany police wouldn’t confirm if they were able to arrest the other suspect seen in the video with his face covered.

Police also did not release the names of the suspects arrested, only saying they were taken to the Oklahoma County Jail.