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June 11, 2014

Sheriff seeking help to solve copper thefts

ENID, Okla. — June 11, 2014 Update: Garfield County Sheriff Jerry Niles said authorities have spoken with the person of interest in this crime.

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Garfield County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public’s help in locating a person of interest in a copper theft case.

Sheriff Jerry Niles said his office took two reports Tuesday afternoon of copper theft.

Niles said deputies are seeking Jason Tarkington, 33, on complaints of theft of copper and possibly trespassing.

Tarkington is 5-foot, 8-inches tall, medium build, with multiple tattoos on his neck, both arms and back. He was last known to be driving a red 2003 Chevy Monte Carlo with Oklahoma tag 240KZZ.

Niles said that vehicle was seen at an abandoned house Tuesday morning. He said the property owner made contact with a man and woman who said they were interested in renting the house.

Niles said the property owner contacted him later with the tag number. Niles said he and property owner went and checked the property.

“The house had been broken into and a window air conditioning unit had been pulled out and a copper condenser had been stolen,” the sheriff said.

Niles said he put out a description of the man and woman to deputies and Deputy Patrick Cooksey, who was working an unrelated copper theft in Hillsdale, said the description matched the suspects in his case.

Cooksey placed Chambree Lanye Cink, 18, under arrest on complaints of larceny of copper wire.

Cink was free on $50,000 bond at the time of her arrest Tuesday on felony charges of theft of copper and possession of methamphetamine, and misdemeanor counts of possession of drug paraphernalia.

She is now being held in lieu of $100,000 bond.

“We are presenting affidavits to the district attorney’s office for Mr. Tarkington as well,” Niles said. “For larceny of copper and at the very minimum trespassing.”

Anyone with information about the whereabouts of Tarkington or the vehicle can contact the sheriff’s office at (580) 237-0244.

Those with information leading to the arrest or prosecution of this or any other crime can call Crime Stoppers at (580) 233-6233, go to the Crime Stoppers website and submit a tip anonymously or send a text to 274637 with "Enid" in the message text box.

Those with information can earn a reward up to $1,000 and will not be required to testify nor identified.

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