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Crime notes: Car theft and home burglary

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Stillwater Police

Police arrest woman for stealing a car

Police arrested a Stillwater woman last week on charges of larceny of a motor vehicle after she led them on a merry chase across town.

Officers with the Stillwater Police Department arrested Sameka Reshann Jones, 31, on April 3 after she took a car from a Stillwater Car-Mart without purchasing it.

Several SPD officers responded to the incident, according to a police report. Police used the GPS tracker inside the vehicle to follow Jones, with officers changing direction as dispatch updated them on her location, according to the police report. This continued until the GPS showed the car stopped at an apartment complex on McElroy.

The officer who arrived first at the apartment complex spotted Jones in the white Nissan Sentra driving down the drive, drew his gun and ordered the driver to stop, according to the police report. Jones tried to steer around him but finally pulled into a parking lot and stopped. The officer arrested Jones, who was later identified by a Car-Mart manager as the woman who had stolen the car, according to the police report.

The manager told police Jones had been at the used car lot for several hours, looking at a red Chevrolet Sonic and a white Nissan Sentra. When she finally came inside the store, saying she wanted to buy the car for $5000 cash, she asked to use the restroom. The manager told police Jones stayed in the restroom for a little while and then sprinted out to the Nissan and got inside the vehicle.

The keys to all of the vehicles were in their ignitions because the business was in the process of rearranging the lot, according to the police report.

Jones is being held in the Payne County Jail. Bond is set at $5,000.

Police arrest man for burglary

One Stillwater man went to jail last week after breaking into several cars and a residence in the same night.

Police arrested Tyler Zachary Zane Flint, 19, while he was still inside the garage he broke into after stealing from several cars, according to a police report. 

After responding to a report of a potential car burglary about 12:30 a.m. April 3 and finding two cars that had been burglarized, a Stillwater officer realized the burglar was probably still in the area finding other targets, according to the police report. As he drove through the neighborhood looking for the suspect, he noticed a garage door was open at one of the houses, and a man dressed all in black with a black backpack was moving around inside. 

The officer called for backup, and after police were able to get in touch with the resident of the house, they moved into the garage to arrest Flint.

Flint told police he had broken into cars in the area, but refused to tell them where, according to the police report. Police searched the backpack he was carrying and found property belonging to the resident of the house and a medicine bottle filled with change that had been stolen from a car earlier that evening.

Several police officers searched the area, looking for cars that appeared to have been broken into, so they could identify Flint’s victims. Officers found at least three additional vehicles which had been ransacked, according to police reports.

Flint is charged with one count of third-degree burglary and three counts of first-degree burglary. Bond is set at $7,500.

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