Prostitutes, trespassers tracked with unique tactics

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OKLAHOMA CITY - It's nothing new but some gas station truck stops are dealing with what they believe is a growing problem in Oklahoma City; trespassers, even suspected prostitutes, going on their property to haggle truck drivers.

The manager at Checkers truck stop near Reno and Martin Luther King Blvd. makes hourly rounds to keep trespassers away.

He even has a secret to catching those who show up time and time again to proposition truck drivers.

After driving for 30 years, Joe Cranke said the lot lizards or trespassers at truck stops are bothersome, so he's all for anything that can crack down on it.

"They'll come up, knock on your door, if they catch you with your windows down, you know, while you're sitting there, they'll ask you if you want some company," Cranke said.

The problem is so extreme Checkers gas station has resorted to a binder full of pictures to stop it.

That way, mangers know who is not allowed to trespass at the truck stop.

"They will go around banging on truck doors, they'll ask drivers if they need their services," Mansoor Skaikh said.

Shaikh even has to carry a gun because he said the trespasses are usually armed.

"When we go outside, we usually take a camera with us and we talk to them," Shaikh said. "They mouth off to us and we take a picture and give it to police."

The binder is filled with nearly 60 pictures of women and men; it came in handy Sunday.

Four people were arrested at the truck stop for trespassing and police were able to see names and times officers have been in contact with the people before.

"It has gotten worse to the point you need a full-time armed security on your property," Shaikh said.

Shaikh said gas station around the city have to deal with the trespassers.

As for drivers like Cranke, he's glad this gas station is doing something about the dangerous problem.

"They get drivers in, lock the door, next thing you know, you got a gun in your throat, and they're taking everything they can and taking off," Cranke said. "And if you're lucky, you're alive."

The manager here said he has to keep this place safe for families and for truck drivers,
and if you happen to see anything suspicious, let the workers know so they can call police immediately.


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