It’s been an up-and-down week for metro area thieves.
On the downside, some soda pop peddlers were arrested after their black market Dr. Pepper syrup criminal enterprise was busted by police.
In case you missed it, a guy named Jimmy Robinson III was stealing sticky pallets of syrup from the local Dr. Pepper bottling company and delivering them to Doc Nguyen – the owner of CM Food Mart near 10th and MacArthur.
Doc would then cut up the precious liquified sugar, flip it into rock, and unleash it on the streets to further hook our city’s Dr. Pepper-addicted masses.
Okay, I may be embellishing things a bit. I bet he simply put the syrup in his store's watered-down gas tanks.
Robinson allegedly told police the owner of the gas station, Doc Ngyuen, paid him $50 for each bag of syrup. Court documents show Robinson also claims Ngyuen knew the product was stolen. Ngyuen’s mugshot is from a previous arrest.
According to court filings, while employed at the factory, Robinson estimates he stole 10 pallets which is $39,200 worth of product.
In all seriousness, how much Dr. Pepper are people drinking at the CM Food Mart? It's the one place in town where literally everyone is a pepper!
In other news, stealing 10 pallets of syrup seems a bit excessive. I would have tried to swipe a couple of hauls of cans and bottles just to score unlimited discounts this summer to Frontier City or whatever they now call White Water Bay.
While OKC police were busting up the Dr. Pepper syrup ring like a can of soda pop left in the freezer, a couple of thieves were somehow able to steal $10,000 worth of merchandise from Victoria’s Secret.
“10,000 worth of merchandise? How’s that possible?! Did they steal a diamond wonderbra and golden angel wings?”
No. Apparently, you just walk into Victoria’s Secret with a huge sack, fill it with stuff, and then walk out:
Imagine a Dr. Pepper addict walking up to their dealer on the street, asking for a quick fix, and being offered a pair of panties and a quick squirt of Pink body mist instead. We’re living in weird times.
Also, I wonder how the staff figured out they got robbed.
If two ladies stuffing their gigantic sacks with 100 pairs of panties, bras, and sweatpants wasn’t a dead giveaway that something was amiss, maybe the store being wiped clean of its entire inventory in five minutes was.
If you see these thieves, call the police.
There’s an off-chance they could be hanging out with the guy the Oklahoma County Jail accidentally released earlier this week.
Dr. Pepper syrup rackets destroyed. Victoria’s Secret Shoplifting Angels making the lacey score of the century. Local larcenist released from historically awful jail due to management incompetence.
As I said, it’s been an up-and-down week for metro area thieves.