ENID, Okla. — Arrests related to a recent string of vehicle burglaries may have solved up to 30 recent cases, police said Monday, and the investigation is not complete.
Enid Police Department officers arrested nine people over the weekend after four were seen burglarizing vehicles. A search warrant served Sunday morning at 2728 N. Washington led to the recovery of items recently reported stolen from vehicles.
Capt. Tim Jacobi said the arrests and search warrant brought to a close 30 cases. He said the number could increase as officers continue to investigate.
"We’ve been experiencing a high number of car burglaries recently so we’re hoping these latest arrests interrupt that trend," Jacobi said. "This also highlights the effectiveness of the Street Crimes Unit, staffed by Sgt. Zeke Frazee and Officers Tyler Evans and Jose Torres. They worked hard on this case and were very successful."
Arrested Saturday were Jazmen Taylor, 20, and Mercedes Stowe, 26. Police said they burglarized a vehicle in the 3000 block of West Oklahoma Jacobi said. The women stole a purse from inside the vehicle and were captured a short time later in the area.
Taylor was booked on complaints of third-degree burglary, knowingly concealing stolen property, possession of drug paraphernalia, malicious injury to property and a Garfield County warrant on an unrelated charge. Stowe was booked on a complaint of third-degree burglary.
Two men were arrested early Sunday morning after officers reported seeing them burglarizing a vehicle near the 300 block of West Hickory. The men ran when confronted by officers.
Damion Phares, 21, was captured immediately. He was booked on 20 complaints of third-degree burglary, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of methamphetamine.
Shaun Prock 18, was captured a short time later and was booked on 20 complaints of third-degree burglary and a complaint of knowingly concealing stolen property.
Investigating officers learned a residence at 2728 N. Washington may contain stolen property and additional suspects. Five additional suspects were found inside and arrested.
The five were identified as: Tyler Byrd,19; Kellie Payne, 26; Robert Trekkel, 21; Kaylind Stuart, 18; and Keith Nelson, 26. They all were booked on complaints of knowingly concealing stolen property.
Trekkel and Stuart also were additional complaints of possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of methamphetamine.
Jacobi asked the public to report all break-ins to their vehicles, even if nothing is taken. He said this allows officers to see patterns and know where such crimes are occurring.
He also encouraged those who have lost property to a vehicle burglary and who have not reported it to do so. This could help police find owners of some of the property recovered.
Police are continuing to encourage residents to take precautions to secure their vehicles against potential burglars. Residents are asked to lock their vehicles, remove valuables, cash, electronics and firearms.
Anyone with informationcan report an anonymous tip with Crime Stoppers at (580) 233-6233, www.enid.org/departments/police or text to 274637, typing “Enid” and a message in the text box.
Those submitting a tip could earn a reward up to $1,000 and will not be required to testify nor be identified.