Stolen truck traced to college parking lot

July 13, 2015 Crime, News Print Print
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A stolen vehicle recovered in an OCCC parking lot, an injury accident on campus, and stolen headphones from a VPAC cubicle office kept campus police busy in recent weeks.

A report received by the Pioneer July 7, shows on May 29, Officer Jeremy Bohannon assisted Oklahoma City Police Officer Daniel O’Neill in a search for a stolen vehicle that had been tracked by GPS to the OCCC campus.

O’Neill said the 2006 Dodge Ram was stolen from Express Credit Auto at 1 W I-240 Service Road. He said a GPS tracker had been placed on the vehicle before it was stolen.

OCCCPDO’Neill’s report stated the truck was stolen around 1 p.m. as it was being prepared for sale. Salesperson Brent Morgan said he left the vehicle unattended for a few minutes with the keys in the door.

Morgan told O’Neill after the vehicle was taken, he and other employees searched the GPS through their online database, and after determining its location, remotely disabled the truck so that it could no longer be driven.

Bohannon and O’Neill met with Morgan in Lot A. Morgan showed both officers the temporary license plate, which the suspect had altered to show a date of 08-15-15.

The suspect was identified through security footage as “a black male, approximately 5’11” tall, 175 pounds, athletic build, with short hair and a full beard,” the report shows. Security surveillance footage showed the suspect park the stolen vehicle in Lot A, and enter the Main Building at around 4:30 p.m. The suspect visited the bookstore and the Financial Aid area, before returning to the stolen truck and appearing to alter the paper tag.

The man then attempted to leave in the truck, but it would not start because it had already been remotely disabled.

The man then walked toward the bus stop on the east side of campus, then walked off campus just before 5 p.m., according to the security camera footage.

The OCPD report shows Morgan did not report the vehicle as stolen at the time of the theft, but was given information to be able to press charges against the suspect if he is identified.

The OCCC report said Financial Aid employees would be interviewed on June 1 to attempt to identify the suspect.

Financial Aid employees declined to comment on the case.

Master Sgt. Gary Knight of the Oklahoma City Police Department, said, as of July 8, no one had yet been identified and the case remains open.

Additional information is available in a supplemental report that was requested but not provided by the college.

An injury accident at the intersection of Faculty Circle and Regents Boulevard on the north side of campus June 9 required an EMSA call, according to Officer Tim Harris.

A report received by the Pioneer July 7, shows at approximately 1:30 p.m. Harris was dispatched to the wreck involving a Lexus SUV and a Nissan Altima.

The driver of the Nissan, a visitor to campus, appeared to have some small facial scrapes from a deployed air bag, the report showed.

The driver of the Lexus had a bump on her head, so EMSA and Oklahoma City Fire Rescue were called.

The Lexus driver was transported by a family member to a hospital to be examined. The driver of the Nissan said he was fine and would not need medical assistance.

The driver of the Lexus was ticketed for failure to yield at a stop sign.

Officer Bruce Funderburk responded to a call from the Visual and Performing Arts Center about stolen headphones on May 26, according to a report received by the Pioneer July 7.

Funderburk arrived at VPAC Room 161, and met with Box Office Specialist Keith Leftwich, who said his headphones had been stolen from his office cubicle. Leftwich said he had access to and had already seen security footage from his office, and determined the headphones were taken about 12:39 a.m. on May 23, by a contract employee.

The contract employee was identified, and upon being interviewed, confessed to taking the headphones, and gave them to police.

Some information and names were redacted from the reports under the direction of Marketing and Public Relations Director Cordell Jordan who said names are redacted “according to OCCCPD Standard Operating Procedures involving information released and information withheld.”

To obtain a copy of the procedure, email cjordan@occc.edu.

To contact campus police, call 405-682-1611, ext. 7747.

For an emergency, use one of the call boxes located inside and outside on campus or call 405-682-7872.

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