The Norman Transcript

March 6, 2014

Crime briefs

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NORMAN — Police search for nude male after several reports

There were several reports of a naked male Wednesday afternoon near Woods Avenue and West Robinson Street before the man was spotted by police and hid.

Norman Police Capt. Tom Easley said there were two reports of the man near Woods Avenue, walking westbound on Robinson Street around 2:25 p.m. and 3:15 p.m.

When a third report came in, Easley said police finally got a visual on the man, but he ran and hid in the Westwood Apartments complex, 1836 W. Robinson St.

There was no report of the man being apprehended as of early Wednesday evening.

Woman charged with embezzlement of $40K

A woman who was employed as a bookkeeper for Endex of Oklahoma was charged Wednesday in Cleveland County District Court for allegedly embezzling more than $40,000.

Stephanie Michele Warren, 39, took checks from customers that were intended as payment to Endex and would cash them for her personal financial gain, according to the affidavit filed with the charge.

Warren cashed the checks through her personal bank account. Endex of Oklahoma sells commercial, educational or medical security and announcement systems.

Warren has been previously convicted of or pled guilty to two counts of embezzlement in Oklahoma County in 2011, according to court records.

In addition, Warren also is facing three counts of obtaining money under false pretenses and three counts of possession of a taken credit card. The charges were filed in October in Oklahoma County.

Warren is also known as Stephanie Michelle Smith and Stephanie M. Farr.

Newalla man charged for stolen copper

After Cleveland County Sheriff’s Office deputies found stolen copper at a Newalla man’s home Tuesday, he was charged Wednesday in Cleveland County District Court.

Randy R. Prough, 52, was charged with one count of possession of stolen copper. Deputies were dispatched around 6:30 p.m. Tuesday to 17060 Becker Road in Newalla in reference to a man pulling wires near a meter, according to the affidavit filed with the charge.

Dispatch advised the man was wearing a black jacket and blue jeans. Dispatch also advised that he was seen walking back to a trailer house on the corner of Becker Road and Tealwood Road, the affidavit said.

When the deputy arrived, he noticed it was an empty lot and observed three telephone poles on the property that had wires hanging down from them. The wires appeared to have fresh cut marks on them, and he also observed damage to the meters on the bottom of the poles, the affidavit said.

Fresh shoe prints were in the mud on the property and around the poles where the wires were cut, as well. The deputy saw a trailer house to the south of the lot where the wires were cut that sat on the corner of Becker Road and Tealwood Road. The house matched the description given by dispatch as the house the man was seen walking back to, the affidavit said.

As the deputy approached the house, he observed the same shoe prints that were around the poles on the empty lot. The shoe prints led to the house’s front porch, the document states.

The deputy also observed four pieces of copper wire laying in the yard. All four of the pieces still had black rubber coating on them. He also saw a hack saw and a small bundle of copper laying under a car in the driveway. Several pieces of rubber coating also were seen in the yard, which copper had already been stripped from, the affidavit said.

When the deputy made contact with Prough, who lives at the residence, he said the shoe prints were not his and he didn’t know whose they were. The shoes Prough was wearing didn’t’ match the prints at the empty lot, the affidavit said.

When questioned about the copper wire, Prough said people would bring wire to him all the time and he strips it down and sells it at scrap yards. He said his brother-in-law was probably the one who brought the wires into the yard, the affidavit said.

His brother-in-law lived with him but was not home, Prough said. When the deputy asked to look inside the residence to make sure he didn’t have any shoes that matched those at the scene, Prough told him his house was messy and he didn’t want him looking inside, the document said.

Prough gave a description of what his brother-in-law was wearing, which included a black coat and blue jeans. Photos were taken of the scene and shoe prints, the affidavit said.

Prough was placed under arrest for possessing, receiving or transporting stolen copper and was transported to the Cleveland County Justice Center. The copper wire that was stolen was from Oklahoma Electric Cooperative, information on the charge states.

–– By Jessica Bruha, Transcript Staff

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