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Tulsa man waits 21 hours for police to respond to burglary call

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TULSA, Okla. – When it comes to an emergency, most people want help as quickly as possible.

For Graham Dunbar, he says he felt like help was never going to come.

On Monday night, Dunbar arrived home to find that his house had been ransacked. After surveying the damage, he realized that the thieves got away with two guns and nearly $5,000 worth of other items.

“This isn’t just something that can be easily pawned off. This is something that could be used in robberies, home invasions, shootings,” Dunbar said.

According to the Tulsa Police Department’s call log, Dunbar called 911 at 6:10 p.m.

Police tell KJRH that an officer was assigned to the case about an hour later and should have arrived right away.

However, that didn’t happen.

Instead, Dunbar says he received a call about 2 a.m. on Tuesday morning from dispatchers, asking if help was still needed. An officer didn’t actually show up to his house until just after 3 p.m. on Tuesday, nearly 21 hours after that initial 911 call.

“It just seems kind of troubling that something of this nature wouldn’t be taken as, what I would consider high priority, being that two guns, a semi-automatic 9mm handgun and a 12 gauge handgun that were not in a safe, were taken,” he said.

Officials with the police department say they aren’t sure what happened, but say the officer assigned to the case may have gotten sick. They have since launched an investigation into why the officer never responded.

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