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December 9, 2013

Fugitive, thefts lead case files

Pauls Valley, Oklahoma — A fugitive from Virginia ran out of luck and into jail here in Garvin County this week, while an investigation continues for a couple of holiday thefts.

Stephen Lee West, 33, of Christiansburg, Va., was arrested by officials with the Garvin County Sheriff’s Department as he rode in a vehicle near Wynnewood.

Sheriff Larry Rhodes confirmed his office received information that West may be hiding in the Wynnewood area.

A group from the sheriff’s office found West as he rode along as a passenger in a vehicle seen leaving a residence near the Wynnewood Cemetery.

When approached West provided the false name of Lee Price.

At the time of his arrest West had in his possession drug paraphernalia used to ingest methamphetamine and may be facing charges in Garvin County as a result, Rhodes said.

West was considered a probation absconder and wanted in Virginia on the charges of breaking and entering and grand larceny.

West was considered dangerous due to reports he was homicidal and suicidal.

He had recently threatened the life of a Virginia Probation and Parole officer in that state.

West has a lengthy arrest and conviction record in the Commonwealth of Virginia. The warrants for West were issued on March 13, 2013.

West is currently being held in the Garvin County Detention Center awaiting extradition to Montgomery County jail.

Garvin County deputies are also investigating two separate business burglaries occurring since the Thanksgiving holiday.

Pro Street Motors near I-35 and state Highway 19 reported a burglary to the sheriff’s office on the morning of Nov. 30.

A second business burglary was reported to authorities on Tuesday morning at Steelco near I-35 and state Highway 145.

Deputies have released surveillance video in the Steelco theft of at least two suspects who are seen inside the business. Evidence was recovered from each of the burglary scenes.

According to Rhodes, it is too early in the investigations to say if the two incidents are related.

The sheriff is also aware of recent equipment theft reported to the Pauls Valley Police during this same time period.

Missing from Pro Street Motors are two vehicles, a 2003 Ford F-150 Supercrew 4 wheel drive pick-up gray in color and a 2003 Jeep Grand Cherokee 4 wheel drive, pewter color. Neither of the vehicles have license plates.

A third vehicle stolen from the business was recovered nearby.

Steelco reported the loss of a Polaris Ranger utility vehicle, a 12 foot dovetail trailer a Miller welder along with other shop equipment.

Sheriff’s patrols have been increased along I-35 businesses following these burglaries.

Anyone with information related to these thefts are asked to call the Garvin County Sheriff’s office at 405-238-7591.

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