Alleged copy cat criminals on the loose after using big knife to rob Norman store

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NORMAN, Okla. - There has been a scary rise in Check-N-Go robberies lately; now Norman police need your help before the violence gets worse.

Dispatcher: "Tell me exactly what happened."

Employee: "I was just robbed."

This frantic 911 call came from an employee at the Check-N-Go on Alameda St. in Norman just seconds after a pair of robbers walked out with cash in hand.

Police are searching for the two men who held two women at knife-point.

Employee: "They came around the counter, one of them had a knife. They asked us to open the drawers, they took our drawers out. They wanted me to open the safe, I told them it was a 10 minute delay. They thought I pushed the panic button and they left."

Dispatcher: "Did you say they were able to take anything?"

Employee: "Yes, they took my drawers. Literally, the whole drawer out of my drawers."

Moore police say the crime is similar to the so-called "Be Good Bandit," who has been hitting Check-N-Go's all around the metro for weeks, albeit without the knife.

Sgt. Jeremy Lewis, with the Moore Police Department, said, "Anytime you see something on the news where someone has been successful, you'll have potential for copy cats."robbery suspect1

Capt. Tom Easley, with the Norman Police Department, said, "I think there's some degree that you could say yeah, people get hair-brained ideas and think that I can do this too and get away with it."

Check-N-Go customers said the business has installed extra locks on the door since the robbery.

"Your life is worth a lot more than the money that's in there," Yancee Lyles said. "It'd be a very scary situation. I can't imagine what these people had to go through."

Norman police say if the suspects are caught, they will not be facing federal charges.

Since it's not a bank, the FBI won't be involved in the investigation.

However, armed robbery still carries a hefty prison sentence.

If you recognize the suspects, call Detective Bree Willer at (405) 217-7742 or contact Crime Stoppers at (405) 366-7867.

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