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Owasso officer pulls over 'suspicious vehicle', finds stolen items

Posted at 11:04 PM, Jan 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-25 00:04:54-05

OWASSO, Okla. — Owasso police are praising victims of recent auto-thefts, after suspects broke into several vehicles.

Lieutenant Nick Boatman says little things were stolen, which is a good sign that people are taking important things out of their cars.

The priciest item taken was a radio amp, which was given back to Tanner Robertson.

“I was upset, scared. I don't know. A lot of feelings coming in at once."

Robertson was working overnight at the Walgreens on 96th Street North. When he left for lunch, he found his trunk open, radio amp missing, and his window shattered.

He called police.

Lt. Boatman says, "It was just people going around, looking for an easy hit, and they got some. Luckily, we got them."

It was around three Friday morning when an officer spotted a suspicious vehicle. He pulled it over.

“While they were doing the police broadcast, they broadcasted some property that was stolen that the officer could clearly see in the backseat of the vehicle. So, the officer immediately knew he had the bad guys."

The driver and passenger, James and Lisa Richardson, were arrested. Officers found marijuana and narcotics on him. They say, Lisa admitted to smoking methamphetamine right before the heist.

“Unfortunately, it's a need they need to fulfill. in order to fulfill it, they go steal things to trade or sell for methamphetamine. We see that a lot. These people conduct these continual thefts on and on are usually addicted to some sort of narcotic."

Lt. Boatman says the two targeted vehicles at at least four different locations.

“They found about eight to 10 cars broken into, some trailers pried open. All of the property that was stolen was recovered. We got most of it back to the owners, just not all of it. We're still waiting on a few victims to come forward."

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