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“Cheetos Teeth” Helps Tulsa Cops Identify Alleged Burglar

4:56 AM EST on March 2, 2021

Over the weekend, news came out that the Tulsa PD arrested Sharon Carr – a would-be burglar with a long rap sheet – after connecting the Cheetoh residue on her teeth to an empty bag that was left behind at the scene of an attempted burglary.

Here are the details from the Tulsa PD's Facebook page:

CHEETO RESIDUE LEADS TO BURGLARY ARREST - Tales from the TPD blotter?

A good reminder that Cheeto dust can be pretty hard to get rid of.

On 2/26/2021 around 8:00 p.m., we got called out to a burglary near 67th and S. Sheridan. The female victim said another woman was breaking in through a window, and she had two small children inside the house.

Officers found the suspect, Sharon Carr, had pried the screen off a window using a board and got inside. She left before stealing anything or harming anyone.

Officers found a bag of Cheetos and a bottle of water on the floor near the open window and believe Carr dropped them on the way out. The victim identified Carr as the suspect after seeing her.

Carr was further linked to the crime by Cheeto residue on her teeth. She was arrested for first-degree burglary. This is an arrest, not a conviction.

First of all, let this be a lesson to all aspiring criminals to leave your snacks behind before you burglarize a house. If you inadvertently leave behind evidence, it can lead to your arrest!

"So, how'd the cops catch Larry?"

"Funyun breath!"

That being said, I question if Sharon is the real burglar here. I'm no Perry Mason or anything, but how can she have Cheeto sludge on her teeth, but her hands be totally clean? Doesn't that seem suspicious? You can wear medical gloves, Isotoners and giant Bernie Sanders mittens all at once and Cheetos dust – especially of the Flamin' Hot variety – will still find a way to leave your hands orange and tasty. That fact, combined with what we already know about the ethics of the Tulsa PD, makes me wonder if the cops planted the evidence by tossing Sharon a couple of Cheetos – or even traditional nacho cheese Doritos – before arresting her. Well, at least that's the seed of doubt I'd try to plant in the mind of the jury if I was Sharon's attorney.

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