Update: Dewayne Fulsom Acquitted in Locksmith Murder

(VIA TulsaWorld.com) After 21 months behind bars, Dewayne Fulsom is a free man once again after being acquitted of first degree murder and shooting with intent to kill in relation to a locksmith who was killed while on the clock in 2013. After a seven day trial, and deliberation which lasted four and a half hours, the jury of five women and seven men found that the defendant was not guilty. Mr. Fulsom was identified by one witness on the scene, a friend of the locksmith who was killed, however; the jury did not find this to be enough evidence to convict the defendant. Phila-Locksmith has previously covered the details of this Tulsa locksmith murder, which deliberated on August 26th of 2015.

Locksmith’s Family Speaks Out

The family of the slain locksmith, Sebastian Geiger, spoke to Oklahoma’s Newson6 regarding their feelings about the trial’s outcome. The family expressed their sadness as well as their disagreement with the verdict which was reached by the jury. They spoke of Sebastian Geiger as a motivated man, who was looking to leave his locksmith job in order to pursue vocational school. Additionally, his parents spoke of his enjoyment in being an uncle. His parents also spoke of the danger which Sebastian faced, telling Newson6 that this was not the first time that Sebastian was faced with a firearm during the performance of service. This danger was one of the reasons why Sebastian was looking to move from his locksmith job to vocational school.

Whichever way that a third party looks at this case, the result is unfortunate. A young man was left dead and a family is grieving looking for justice. Additionally a legally innocent man was kept in jail for nearly two years of his life. However, with so many witnesses on the scene, but only one who was willing, or able, to identify Dewayne Fulsom as the shooter it was impossible for the jury to reach a guilty verdict. Despite their son having passed away, the Geiger’s believe that Sebastian has gone to a better place; because they also believe that without his defensive actions that his friend who was with him that night may have reached the same fate had those actions not been taken.

Oklahoma Man Calls Locksmith for Burglary

(Via Newson6) Early Sunday morning an Oklahoma locksmith responded to an emergency lockout call in Tulsa. When the locksmith arrived on scene he was met by one man, Alexandro Valero, who claimed to be locked out of his home at about 8 AM. The locksmith assisted the man by opening the door, but once the door was finally opened it revealed that there were actually people in the home at that time. Those individuals happened to be the actual homeowners. At this point Mr. Valero ran, leaving the homeowners and locksmith likely confused. Valero returned to the residence later to apologize and was arrested by police and is facing first degree burglary charges. Luckily the homeowners were there to thwart this burglary attempt, but the truth is it should not have occurred in the first place. Additional details could emerge, but it will be interesting to see if the locksmith had asked for identification or for some type of verification that it was Mr. Valero’s home.

Before opening the door, the locksmith should have asked for identification so that he would have been able to match the customer’s ID address to the address he is completing the unlock service at. In some cases, like a rental unit, this may not be entirely possible. A locksmith should still be able to verify that it is indeed that individual’s residence by asking for a utility bill with a name that matches that individual’s identification. In a situation where a customer is unable to provide this information, a locksmith should contact authorities to ensure that they would not be liable for a theft in this type of scenario. Situations such as these are another reason that lawmakers are looking to clamp down on unlicensed locksmiths. An unlicensed locksmith would, theoretically, be less likely to take preventative steps that ensure the individual they are unlocking the door for is a resident, since they are less wary of any repercussions.

What can you do?

One way that you can prevent your home from being struck by a burglar like this is to use a secondary lock on the home’s exterior door. A locksmith will not be able to pick the secondary lock, which would raise additional red flags that this home may not belong to the individual claiming to be a “resident” such as Mr. Valero. Another way to prevent the proliferation of unlicensed locksmiths, who may put you at risk of a scheme like this, is to always choose a local professional locksmith to complete services for you. By frequenting a professional more often, you can help to limit the amount of unprofessional “locksmiths” who are operating in the area.

A story such as this can be a good reminder and learning moment for a locksmith who may not be constantly checking a customer’s information. By taking just a few extra seconds to ensure that they are completing service for an authorized individual the locksmith can not only limit their own liability, but save headache and hassle for the individual being burglarized. As for potential burglars who think that this may be a good method for breaking into a home, more often than not, you will find yourself behind bars like Mr. Valero.

Locksmith Robbed on House Call

(VIA KRMG) Late last night a locksmith in Tulsa was called out in a case where he thought that a man was locked out of his home. Once he arrived on scene the locksmith found out that this was not the case. The locksmith was confronted by three hooded men, at least one of whom was armed with a handgun. Fortunately there were no injuries to the locksmith, but the robbers were able to get away with his cell phone as well as some cash.

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A Tulsa locksmith was robbed during the late night April 8th.

While a robbery like this is not common, our locksmiths constantly stay on guard when they are responding to phone calls. Not only must they watch for their own safety, like in this case or the eviction shooting in California, but they must also watch out for the property owner’s safety. When our technicians go on scene they must not only verify that the individual needs the service completed, but that they are also permitted to have the alteration completed. Whether it is the registration of a vehicle for car keys, or identification in the case of a house lock outs our technicians want to be sure.

What is truly sad about this is that the locksmith who was robbed was only there to assist the person that was locked out. The robbery occurred around midnight so this means that the locksmith could have been comfortably at home with his family, before being called out to help someone, only to find out that it was someone’s idea to pull a quick robbery.

Our locksmiths were put on notice to watch out for any type of shifty behavior and to safeguard themselves against this happening. Our dispatchers were also put on notice to look out for any type of suspicious behavior on the phone to attempt to stomp out any kind of crime before it happens. Between ensuring that the person who wants a new car key or needs to get back into their home are authorized to do so, and now having to be on the look out for robbers trying to make a quick dollar, locksmiths around Philadelphia and the nation need to stand constantly vigilant.