Pauls Valley, OK, Pauls Valley Democrat

May 9, 2013

Big piece comes for theft ring

Barry Porterfield
Pauls Valley Democrat

bporterfield@pvdemocrat.com — Authorities believe a big piece has been found to solving a number of break-ins and thefts over the past few weeks in a central part of Garvin County.

Two suspects are now facing criminal charges accusing them of “hitting” the general region stretching from PV to Wynnewood to Elmore City by breaking into homes, shop buildings and vehicles.

Facing three felony counts is Derrick Taylor, 21, while Brandon Hughes, 22, had one formal charge filed against him in Garvin County District Court this week.

Burglary charges are at the center of the allegations against both Taylor and Hughes, who officials say are really only the start of a case that could involve others.

Garvin County’s sheriff, Larry Rhodes, calls it a “pretty significant burglary ring.”

“We think this is going to shut down the rash of burglaries over the past few weeks,” Rhodes said.

“We think they’re responsible for a lot more burglaries we’re investigating.”

Taylor is accused of kicking in the back door of a residence in PV’s old city lake area, where thousands of dollars worth of items, including jewelry, were stolen on April 25.

A second-degree burglary charge has been filed.

Court documents also show Taylor is facing a couple of firearm charges related to the burglary allegation. He was handed a $25,000 bond during his initial court appearance on the charges.

Hughes is also facing a second-degree burglary charge alleging he went into a shop building in the Elmore City area on April 17 and stole tools valued as high as $30,000.

Capt. Travis Crawford of the sheriff’s office here says the two are accused of committing a number of residential and vehicle burglaries and others could be part of the theft ring.

“We’re looking at them and others being responsible for numerous other crimes in the area recently,” Crawford said.

“It’s not just these guys,” he said. “They have associates.”