Lawmaker suspects wind industry in spying case

Posted at 4:03 PM, Jan 17, 2018
and last updated 2018-01-17 19:17:53-05

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- The Latest on an Oklahoma lawmaker's discovery of a tracking device affixed to his vehicle (all times local):

5 p.m.

A Republican lawmaker who discovered a high-tech tracking device affixed to his truck initially told police he suspected someone connected to the wind industry may be responsible.

Police in the Oklahoma City suburb of Moore on Wednesday released a report detailing state Rep. Mark McBride's discovery of the tracking device on his vehicle.

A longtime supporter of oil and gas and a frequent wind industry critic, McBride told a Moore police officer that he was writing legislation that could negatively affect Oklahoma wind farms.

District Attorney David Prater says the tactics could be criminal and that he believes the potential impact of legislation on certain industries could be a motive for "something a bit nefarious."

Telephone messages left Wednesday with Oklahoma Wind Coalition officials weren't immediately returned.

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