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Crime notes: Theft ring arrests, shots fired and illegal gun carry

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SPD: Eight people arrested in connection to theft ring

Police are trying to connect stolen property to its rightful owners after a month-long investigation resulted in the arrest of eight people and the recovery of stolen property.

Since January, the Stillwater Police Department has been working with the Payne County Sheriff’s Office and Oklahoma State University Police Department to investigate a group that has committed burglaries in and around Stillwater, according to a press release from the SPD.

During a traffic stop Feb. 5, police recovered several backpacks identified as stolen property and a .45 caliber pistol with an extended magazine. Police arrested the passenger, who is suspected of having ties to a criminal gang, according to the police report.

After the arrest, police searched the house listed as the passenger’s home address, where they found a pistol with a defaced serial number and stolen property from multiple burglaries. Evidence at the residence led them to other residences, which they searched with a warrant the following day.

Police pulled over a 17 year old suspected of being a member of the group on Feb. 7, according to a press release. The 17 year old was in possession of a handgun with a defaced serial number when he was arrested.

Police say the investigation isn’t over yet, though five adults and three juveniles have been arrested in connection with the group. The property recovered has been traced to eleven different burglaries, with more property yet to be identified.

If you were a victim of a recent burglary that you did not report, police ask that you contact the police department so they can get the stolen property back to its owners. If you have already filed a police report, they are already comparing the items recovered to the description in the report and there is no need to call them again.

Shot fired at Stillwater apartment

There are a lot of things people don’t want to hear when playing video games, but a gunshot is probably at the top of that list. That is exactly what happened to one Stillwater resident Feb. 28, according to police reports.

Police responded to a call of shots fired at an apartment just after 10 p.m. Thursday when a man playing video games said he heard what sounded like a gunshot. He told police when he went into his living room, he found a bullet hole in his ceiling.

The shot came from the downstairs apartment, where the resident was adjusting the trigger on his rifle and forgot to unload it, according to the police report. The gun went off and the bullet punched through the floor of the second floor apartment, through the couch and into the ceiling. The third floor apartment was vacant and there was no damage, according to the police report.

No one was injured, and the gun owner will be safer in the future, according to the report. 

Don’t illegally carry guns, guys

Police arrested five people March 1 on charges including possession of methamphetamine, possession of a firearm after conviction of a felony and unlawful carry.

What began as a traffic stop because of an inappropriate use of fog lights ended with the arrest of everyone in the vehicle when police found drug paraphernalia and guns in the car, according to a police report.

The officer who pulled the car over recognized one of the passengers as a known felon with a reputation for carrying guns, according to the police report. One of the passengers had an open arrest warrant in another county. After asking them to step out of the car, the officer noticed a syringe, a digital scale and a handgun in the car. The handgun was loaded and under the front passenger seat of the car, according to the report.

The officer found an unloaded gun under the backseat and a small bag with a white powder that field tested presumptive positive for methamphetamine, according to the report.

All five suspects claimed they knew nothing about the loaded gun, according to the police report. All except the driver were arrested on suspicion of possession of a firearm after a felony conviction and were taken to the county jail. The driver was arrested on charges of possession of a controlled dangerous substance.