Crime Notes: SPD finds person, counterfeit money and a church burglary

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(Not) A Missing Person

Police located a Stillwater woman Monday who had been missing since December.

The Stillwater Police Department issued a press release Sunday asking for the public’s help in locating Teresa Sue Porter, 49. Porter was reported missing on Jan. 19. according to the release. Porter is homeless and lived in motels in the area before going missing. She had been last seen in December.

As of Feb. 4, police report that Porter has been found safe.

Check Your Bills

Police investigated a case of counterfeit currency last week at a Stillwater Walmart Neighborhood Market after an employee reported a customer trying to use a $100 bill that was not legal tender.

The customer said she had gotten the $100 bill from the same Walmart the day before. The customer had cashed a check for four $100 bills and some smaller bills and left without checking the money.

An employee verified her story and said that a previous customer had paid with $100 bills that the clerk failed to check when he took them.

A test with counterfeit pens verified the bill was fake but the other three were real.

Burglary at a Church

Police arrested a man last week in connection with a burglary at First Christian Church of Stillwater.

Adam Raymond Mason, 28, was arrested in the early hours of the morning on Feb. 1, after officers responded to a report of a suspicious person knocking on the door of a house on West Connell Avenue. Mason was gone by the time the officer arrived, but another officer found him running between houses carrying an orange t-shirt.

Mason ran a short distance, threw down a plastic tray labeled “Keys,” and then stopped, according to the the police report.

When officers searched him, they found a folded paper containing marijuana, a digital camera in a case and several keys. They also found several other items, including a cross decal.

One of the keys was labeled “Life Center,” which led SPD officers to the First Christian Church. An employee of the church verified all of the keys and several of the items belonged to the church, saying that the church leaves several of the doors unlocked for people to come in and out during operational hours. The church employee said the keys were for the Life Center and preschool area doors.

Mason said during questioning he was never at a church because he is not allowed to be around children, according to the police report. 

He pleaded guilty to second degree rape in Creek County in 2011. He was charged with Second Degree Burglary, possession of a controlled dangerous substance and violation of the Sex Offender Registration Act. 

He made his first appearance in court on Wednesday, where his bond was set at $5,000. He will make his next court appearance on March 4.