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June 12, 2014

Crime briefs


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NORMAN — Mailbox stolen with possible campaign funds in it

Rep. Bobby Cleveland was the victim of a larceny earlier this week after someone stole his mailbox, which most likely contained campaign contributions.

Cleveland said he has been receiving one to two campaign contribution checks in the mail at his Norman office, 3160 S. Classen Blvd., so there was a 90 percent chance the mailbox stolen had money in it.

Nothing seemed out of the ordinary Monday night, but on Tuesday morning, the mailbox, which is designed to look like a golf ball, was missing.

“There’s a pole about two feet tall where they broke it off and took off,” Cleveland said. “My main concern is that people knew campaign checks were in there.”

Cleveland filed reports with the police, U.S. Attorney’s Office and U.S. Postal Service. He said the post office would only get involved if fraud was attempted, such as someone trying to cash one of the checks.

Since the mailbox is Cleveland’s personal property, police will handle the crime as they would every other larceny. Cleveland said the mailbox has been at his office for more than 25 years.

Norman man faces several charges

Four separate charges were filed against a Norman man Wednesday in Cleveland County District Cour,t including grand larceny and three counts of burglary.

Dylan Ray Fountain, 20, was charged with grand larceny after allegedly stealing a concrete saw owned by the city of Norman in May. The saw was later located in a pawn shop in Amarillo, Texas, according to the probable cause affidavit.

Pawn transaction and video surveillance showed that Fountain had pawned the saw. During an interview with police May 22, he confessed to committing several crimes, including taking the saw.

Fountain was also charged with three separate second-degree burglary charges and malicious injury to property under $1,000 after allegedly breaking and entering into several vending machines.

One incident occurred May 20 at Value Place Hotel. The owner of the vending machines reported that approximately $200 was stolen and $300 worth of damage was done to the machines, the affidavit said.

Surveillance video of the incident showed Fountain. When police contacted him in jail May 29, Fountain refused to talk about it, the affidavit said.

He was also charged conjointly with Rebecca Kocher, 22, of Noble, for breaking and entering into Norman Regional Hospital vending machines May 28. The vending companies reported a theft of $170 and approximately $70 of damages, the affidavit said.

Surveillance video showed Fountain remove burglary tools from a backpack and forcibly enter the machines while Kocher watched for employees or security, the document states. Both suspects declined to talk about the incident.

Kocher was convicted last year for knowingly concealing stolen property in Cleveland County, an enhancement page said.

Jeremy Sellers, 20, of Norman, also was charged conjointly with Fountain for burglary and malicious injury to property charges after an April 8 incident involving vending machines at Southwestern Wire.

The probable cause affidavit said video surveillance showed several suspects breaking into and cutting several locks from employees’ lockers and vending machines in the break room. Damages to the vending machines were in excess of $1,000, and $500 was stolen, the affidavit said.

Sellers refused to be interviewed, but Fountain told police he had a drug addiction. Fountain would not give the name of the third suspect, the document states.

Youthful offender charged with robbery

A Norman teen was charged with robbery by force or fear Wednesday after the victim, who suffered several injuries during the incident, identified the suspect.

The individual, a 17-year-old male, was one of three subjects who allegedly broke into the victim’s home on Drake Drive, severely beating the victim in the head and taking three laptops, a cell phone and a wallet, court records show.

The suspects knocked on the victim’s door and when he answered, they rushed at him. The victim’s injuries included contusions and possible facial fractures, according to the probably cause affidavit.

The victim could identify the teen charged because he knew him. The affidavit said the teen was the one who knocked on the door and began beating the victim while another juvenile suspect took valuables from the home.

All three were identified and taken into custody, the affidavit said. Police later found the victim’s wallet in the teen’s abandoned apartment, and the computers were recovered pursuant to a witness that led officers to their hidden location, the document states.

Woman charged with assault with a baseball bat

A Noble woman was charged with domestic assault and battery with a dangerous weapon after allegedly striking a man with a baseball bat Tuesday.

Bridgett Michelle Kriz, 22, was charged Wednesday in Cleveland County District Court.

According to the affidavit filed with the charge, she struck the man in the left ribcage with the wooden baseball bat because they were arguing, and then the man began to yell at one of her family members.

She told police she then left the residence and went to a neighbor’s house, but the man she struck never attempted to strike her at any time during the argument, the affidavit said.

The man told police before she got the baseball bat, she had been striking him with both of her fists all over his body. Police observed a red mark on him with slight bruising on his left ribcage, the affidavit said.

Kriz was placed under arrest after the incident and was transported to the Cleveland County Justice Center.

— Transcript Staff

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