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Crime/Courts

May 4, 2012

Crime ring notice by sheriff’s office was ‘a mistake’

NORMAN — A public safety alert issued by the Cleveland County Sheriff’s Office stating that there is a possible crime ring operating in Cleveland County was wrong, according to Sheriff’s officials.

“That was just a mistake,” Cleveland County Sheriff’s Office Public Information Officer Meghan McCormick said. “There is no crime ring.”

The alert issued on Nixle.com on Sunday said deputies had been advised of a possible crime ring operating in the area of Lake Ridge, an Oklahoma City neighborhood in Cleveland County.

Officials at the Oklahoma City Police Department confirmed that they have no knowledge of a crime ring.

McCormick said Nixle is a media alert service that people can sign up to receive. The service reports suspicious activity. In addition to receiving the alerts, people are welcome to send the Sheriff’s Office information.

“We put those messages out,” McCormick said. “It’s a crime prevention alert.”

Deputies request that residents report any suspicious activity to the sheriff’s office at 701-8888.

Transcript staff writers Joel Pruett and Joy Hampton contributed to this report.

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