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Crime spree proving costly

Lost property tally tops $30,000 in a single week

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Posted: Thursday, October 4, 2012 9:00 am

Thieves are hitting Purcell residents hard and where it hurts - right in the pocketbook - as the value of stolen goods tops $30,000 in a single week.

Two of three vehicle thefts occurred in the same block and in the span of just a few hours over the weekend. Mya Deaton, 22, of 625 N. 4th Ave., said someone drove away in her 1997 Honda Accord between 1 a.m. and noon Sunday.

Emanuel Rojo, 19, of 610 N. 4th Ave., reported that his 1994 Honda Accord was stolen between 9:30 p.m. Saturday and 3 a.m. Sunday.

Both vehicles were spotted later crossing the bridge to Lexington, according to the police report.

Value of the cars was set at $4,000 each.

The third vehicle theft occurred earlier in the week. Patricia Perry-Beach of 1432 Whipporwill told police that her 2001 Toyota Celica was stolen on Sept. 24.

About the same time, two vehicles were burglarized at 1415 Whipporwill.

Joshua Cooper told police that an HTC cell phone valued at $200 was stolen from his vehicle. Serenity Montgomery said the burglar got her driver’s license, student ID card and $40 from her car.

Police were also called to investigate the theft of a golf cart at Brent Bruehl Memorial Golf Course, 1400 Chandler Rd.

Paul W. Brandt of Norman told officers his 1997 Club Car was missing from the cart barn at the golf course. The theft occurred sometime between Sept. 19 and 26. Brandt said the golf cart was worth $1,000.

Jewelry was the target of thieves at two Purcell homes.

Janet Cheatwood of 1173 Blue Ridge Dr., said thieves got away with rings, a bracelet, earrings and a black powder pistol, as well as a JVC digital recorder.

The stolen jewelry included a 1985 Wayne High School class ring and 2011 Wayne High School state football championship ring.

The victims believe burglars entered the house through the garage between 7:45 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Sept. 26.

Value of the stolen items totaled $6,750.

A second jewelry theft of items valued at $6,500 occurred between Sept. 11 and Sunday at the home of Georgia Westbrook, 415 Bob White Dr.

Westbrook discovered the loss while getting ready for church. She told police contractors were recently in the home to do some repair work and that her jewelry hutch is visible from the hall outside a bathroom that the workers used.

In addition to her wedding ring, the loss included diamond earrings and necklace, opal earrings and a gold necklace.

Michael Miller reported a loss totaling $940 between 3:15 and 5 p.m. Sept. 24.

Taken from Miller’s 1993 Jeep were a custom-made subwoofer, Panasonic stereo, portable DVD and two monitors, a Smith and Wesson hunting knife and a tire plug kit.

The theft occurred whle the vehicle was parked at 330 N. 2nd Ave.

Other vehicle burglaries were reported at 327 N. 4th Ave., 615 S. Canadian and 716 W. Brule St.

Sherrie Smith said the stolen items included two First American Bank bags containing $105 in cash and several checks totaling $187 and payable to Sanctuary Christian Center in Lexington, as well as a deposit book and tax ID number for the church.

The theft occurred between 4 p.m. Friday and 10:45 a.m. Saturday.

Alton Mantooth of 615 S. Canadian said someone stole a new battery and chrome air cleaner assembly with filter from his 1965 Chevrolet pickup Thursday night. He estimated the loss at $155.

At 716 W. Brule St., three vehicles were the target of a gas-siphoning thief between 10 p.m. Sept. 21 and 5:40 p.m. Friday.

Victims were Ashley Brooks, Jessica Bivens and Beverly Tackett. The combined losses totaled nearly $143.

A burglary of a storage building at 131 W. Brule St., put property valued at $3,175 in the thieves’ hands.

The break-in was reported by Terry Davis of 407 S. Lester Lane, who told police it occurred between 8 a.m. Sept. 14 and 10 a.m. Thursday.

Stolen were a 5-horsepower electric motor for a Delta unisaw, 20-gallon air compressor, four wheels and tires for a 1980 Corvette, four wheels and tires for a 1980 3/4-ton GMC pickup, a 3-phase electric system, lawn mower and weed eater.

Beverly Middleton of 614 Williams St., reported the theft of a Troy-Bilt self-propelled lawn mower and two chaise lawn chairs from her back yard.

Middleton said the theft, which she reported Sept. 26, occurred during the first 10 days of September. She estimated the loss at $450.

Chasie Colburn, 109 S. Canadian, said someone entered her house while the family was at church Sept. 26 and stole a Blue Ray player valued at $100.

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