The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

December 19, 2013

EPD arrests two 17-year-old boys in string of thefts from vehicles

By Cass Rains, Staff Writer
Enid News and Eagle

ENID, Okla. — Enid Police Department has arrested two 17-year-old boys in connection with a string of vehicle burglaries.

Capt. Jack Morris said EPD received a call at 4:15 a.m. Thursday from Comfort Inn, 210 N. Van Buren, concerning two juvenile males looking into vehicles parked at the motel.

By the time officers arrived, an employee told officers Cody Smith and Blake Hickey the teens had left in a red or maroon truck at a high rate of speed on Randolph.

Officer Robert Fleer located a truck on Johnson matching the description of the one seen at the motel. The truck stopped at a residence on Johnson. The two teens then fled from the scene on foot.

Officers were able to identify the teens using the truck’s tag and a cellphone found inside the truck. Officers also located items that had been reported stolen in recent burglaries.

Morris said one of the teens made some admissions to officers and led them to a residence containing more stolen property.

Both teens, whose names cannot be released because of their ages, are being held on complaints of knowingly concealing stolen property and possession of drug paraphernalia. One of them also is being held on a complaint of possession of a controlled dangerous substance.

Morris said the juveniles admitted they had been stealing from vehicles parked at motels and apartments for about two months.

Detectives and officers are working to match items recovered with reports of thefts and burglaries.

Morris said there could be between six to eight cases linked to the teens.