Police: Elderly man followed home, pepper-sprayed by alleged thief

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TUTTLE, Okla. - Police in Tuttle are searching for a crook who allegedly beat up and robbed an elderly man.

Many people may carry pepper spray as a form of self-defense.

However, police say it was a thief who used the chemical on an innocent victim.

Surveillance video from Newcastle Casino captured the minutes before the attack, showing an 83-year-old getting ready to leave the building.

He says he was robbed after he pulled into his daughter's driveway.

"The suspect asked him for his wallet when he got out of the car. The victim said, 'No,' and they kind of got into a struggle and he was pepper sprayed by the suspect," said Major Michael Scott, with the Tuttle Police Department.

After the scuffle, the man had a few scrapes on his knees and his eyes were burned from the pepper spray.

The alleged crook made off with $400 in cash and credit cards.

Officials say the victim's credit card was used at a 7-Eleven convenience store, a grocery store and an OnCue gas station.

Investigators say they would like to speak with a man who was seen following the victim on the casino's surveillance camera.

Authorities say the same man was also spotted on a grocery store's surveillance camera, where the victim's credit card was also used.

"It's important to remember, pay attention to who's paying attention to you. See if you're being followed on your way home. It's a rare thing, but you should be careful," said Scott.

Investigators say whoever committed the crime is facing second-degree robbery and fraud charges.

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