GARBER, Okla. — Garfield County Sheriff Jody Helm said some of the property taken in more than a dozen vehicle burglaries reported after the New Year in Garber has been recovered and is awaiting owners to claim it.
Helm said there were 16 vehicles burglarized the first of week of January. He said about 8 a.m. Jan. 4, Sgt. Jason Reim was flagged down by a resident in the 600 block of Andy Drive in reference to some found property.
"At the same property, Reim was contacted by a victim who said someone entered their vehicle but nothing was missing," Helm said. That victim found two hard cases containing tattoo equipment, safety glasses and a clipboard in the backyard of the residence. None of the items belonged to the victim.
Reim returned to patrolling and was flagged down by multiple victims reporting similar burglaries and findings.
Lt. Laura Skinner arrived to help with the burglaries being reported, Helm said. As the deputies walked on foot they realized there was a trail of stolen property back to a residence in the 600 block of Choctaw.
The deputies attempted to make contact with a man with known ties to vehicle burglaries but he was not at the residence, Helm said. Another person spoke with deputies about the property. They agreed to allow deputies to search the residence and more stolen property was recovered.
The person at the residence said the property did not belong to them but did belong to the man who deputies asked for previously. The person agreed to call the man and deputies heard the man tell the caller he already got rid of the items and hung up the phone.
Helm said the stolen items were collected, inventoried and taken back to the sheriff's office.
"Everyone was contacted and they could some out the sheriff’s offices to claim their items," Helm said. "Some items that remain outstanding include a laptop, dishes and Valentines Day cards dating back to the 1940s."
The sheriff said the investigation has been forwarded to Garfield County District Attorney's Office.