Pauls Valley, OK, Pauls Valley Democrat

July 22, 2013

Scams, fugitives on PV’s plate

Barry Porterfield
Pauls Valley Democrat

bporterfield@pvdemocrat.com — From possible scams to rounding up a fugitive from a few counties away, there’s been plenty on the plate for law enforcement and others in Pauls Valley.

One of those is Terry Wigley, a local resident who got a call on his cell phone this past Wednesday; one that he believes was a scam.

Now he wants to warn others in the community to be on alert just in case yet another of the seemingly countless kinds of scams is making its way around.

“They said their records show the warranty has run out on my car and they asked about the model,” Wigley said.

He then handed the phone to his wife, who proceeded to question what was going on.

“She said it went quiet,” he said. “Then she heard some talking in the background. Finally they just hung up.”

Wigley has no doubt those making the call were after some type of personal information with the ultimate goal being to get their hands on his money.

His belief is based on the fact he has a used car and a warranty is not an issue for him.

“I think it was a scam. I wanted to get it out to the people, especially the older folks, really anyone so they won’t fall for this scam.”

Although no reports of this kind had been received by Pauls Valley police as of Thursday, Chief Mitch McGill is quick to remind residents there are some easy ways to avoid being victimized by a phone scam.

“Do not give out any information,” McGill said.

“The thing about telephone calls, do not give out any personal information about yourself,” he said. “If they are legit they will already have your information. They do not have to ask for it.

“There are scams everyday, anywhere. They are probably the most unreported things there are.”

As for door-to-door salespeople here in Pauls Valley, McGill encourages residents to find out a little more right up front.

“If they’re selling door-to-door here in Pauls Valley ask for a city permit. A citizen can ask to see that permit,” he said. “If they don’t have one then call the police.”

On Wednesday it was also McGill himself who discovered a man at one of Pauls Valley’s lakes was in fact sought by authorities in Coal County on a fugitive warrant..

Taken into custody was James Howard Wright, 40, of Coalgate, along with a woman, Robin Marie Palmer, 32, of Tupelo.

Initially both Pauls Valley and Garvin County law enforcement were contacted about a fugitive from Coal County possibly being in Pauls Valley.

It was believed Wright had been in a tractor truck and dropped off at a hotel in PV or Davis.

They were informed Wright could possibly be with Palmer in a silver Tahoe with black fenders.

That same vehicle was found parked near a picnic table at PV’s Old City Lake when McGill happened to make a trip out there to see how well the lake area was being maintained.

With pistols drawn officers then approached the vehicle and took Wright and Palmer into custody.

In addition to the arrest warrant, Wright also received two criminal charges here in Garvin County, including a felony drug possession count because of what authorities described as 4.3 grams of methamphetamine found in his possession.

Palmer received two charges here with one for harboring a fugitive from justice.