A fractured car tail light led to the arrest of a cigarette theft suspect, police said.
Police spokeswoman Jenny Monroe said in December the Edmond Police Department released video of a man at an Edmond Walmart Neighborhood Market who went behind a counter and took $348 worth of cigarettes without paying for them.
“We had a similar crime earlier this month with similar suspect information and vehicle description,” Monroe said.
On Friday, Edmond officers pulled over a vehicle in a routine traffic stop with a male driver who refused to give correct information and identity, Monroe said.
The stop was initiated by Police Officer Jason Carroll who was driving west in the 600 block of West Danforth Road when he noticed a vehicle coming from the east, according to an incident report filed by Carroll. It did not have an operating license plate and the driver’s side tail light was partially broken, Carroll stated.
The Pontiac Firebird stopped in the 1200 block of North Fretz where the officer asked for the driver’s license and insurance, Carroll stated. The male said he left his license at home, and gave the officer bogus name and date of birth information; he gave the officer a second bogus date of birth, the report stated.
“He then told me ‘you know who I am,’” referring to his legitimate date of birth, Carroll stated.
Carroll stated that he arrested the male on a driving without a valid driver’s license traffic citation and on an obstructing an officer complaint for attempting to conceal his identity.
Officer Jason Rigsby assisted because the vehicle stopped matched the description of a suspect who was allegedly stealing cigarettes from Walmart, Carroll stated.
Carroll and Rigsby passed the information on to Detective Tommy Evans, who was working the larceny cases, Carroll stated. Evans came to the station and took over the investigation.
On Dec. 12, Edmond Police Officer Jeff Smith responded to a reported larceny at the Walmart Neighborhood Market, 1301 E. Second St., according to an incident report filed by Smith. In that incident, six cartons of cigarettes worth $348.78 were reported stolen, Smith stated. A black male with short hair in his late 30s who was 6 feet tall and weighed about 180 pounds was identified as a suspect, the report stated.
On Jan. 13, Rigsby was dispatched to the same Walmart store where a black male jumped the counter and took several cartons of cigarettes worth $115.82, according to an incident report filed by Rigsby. The reporting party said it was the same person involved in the previous incident, Rigsby stated.
On surveillance video Rigsby spotted the suspect getting into an orange Pontiac Trans Am or Firebird, the report stated.
The EPD has recommended charges to the Oklahoma County District Attorney’s office against Lonell William Wrenn, 49, of Oklahoma City, in regard to the two cigarette larceny incidents, Monroe said.
As of Tuesday morning, the suspect was incarcerated in the county jail, according to jail records. His bond was set at $5,000.
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A fractured car tail light led to the arrest of a cigarette theft suspect, police said.
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Lilyfield reschedules ‘Dunks for Diapers’
Lilyfield Christian Adoption and Foster Care has rescheduled its Dunks for Diapers event.
Lilyfield holds a diaper drive with the Oklahoma Christian University Women’s basketball team to benefit foster children. Anyone bringing diapers, wipes or new baby items for ages 0-24 months will gain free admission to the women’s game versus Lubbock Christian University, which will begin at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Eagles’ Nest on the campus of Oklahoma Christian in Edmond.
“This will allow us to give foster families much-needed necessities when they receive placement of a foster child. Often placements happen with little notice and the child may come into a foster home with nothing but the clothes they are wearing,” said Holly Towers, executive director of Lilyfield Christian Adoption and Foster Care.
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Time has announced its Person of the Year for 2013: Pope Francis. The announcement, seen live on the "Today" show Wednesday, generated immediate reaction on Twitter. Here is a sampling.
Cold impacts Edmond businesses, city services
Roger Seaton is operating manager of Edmond Air Conditioning, Heating and Plumbing, 3104 South Kelly Ave., owned by the Seaton family since 1970.
On Tuesday, for the first time in days, the temperature in the Edmond area rose above 32 degrees. At 2:53 p.m. Tuesday, the temperature was 41 degrees at the Guthrie-Edmond Regional Airport, surpassing the predicted high of 34, according to the National Weather Service.
Seaton’s business offers plumbing services including water line work and repairs to faucets in the kitchen and bathroom. When it comes to plumbing calls, pipes that burst are a priority, Seaton said. It takes a while for pipes to freeze, he said, and residents began calling by Friday. Calls during the cold spell were both about frozen pipes and pipes that had burst.
If you have no water coming out of a faucet, shut off the water upstream and open cabinet doors to get warmer air circulating around pipes, Seaton said.
School back in session Wednesday
Parents are heaving a sign of relief while some students aren’t going to be quite as happy.
“All classes and activities will resume Wednesday in Edmond Public Schools,” said Susan Parks-Schlepp, director of public information and community involvement. “Slick spots remain and buses may be running a bit late but secondary roads are in much better shape after significant thawing.”
As reported earlier, students will not be making up the four snow days taken off from school this past week.
Kelly widening project progressing
Work progresses smoothly for the Kelly widening project, City Manager Larry Stevens said before the City Council this week. Road work began in July about 1,000 feet north of Covell and continues north to a point 350 feet south of Coffee Creek.
Duit Construction/TTK Construction is in charge of constructing a four-lane divided roadway with left turn lanes at all public streets along the project on Kelly going from Covell to Coffee Creek.
Picking out the perfect tree can be a joy for whole family
The Griswolds understood the significance of picking out the family Christmas tree, as do many Oklahomans about this time of year. Visiting one of Oklahoma’s “choose-and-cut” tree farms is a good way to jumpstart the holiday spirit.
Council denies mosque expansion
Inadequate parking for a growing mosque led the City Council to deny a site plan request for an addition to be added to the existing structure. The vote was 4-0 with Councilwoman Elizabeth Waner abstaining.
Prayer is given in the existing 680-square-foot building at 525 N. University Drive. The 8,307-square-foot addition is needed for fellowship and recreation, said attorney Randel Shadid, representing the Islamic Society of Edmond.
“I did attend a dinner for the mosque about three weeks ago. There were 100 people who attended that to welcome home the people who go on the pilgrimage to Mecca,” Shadid said. “That’s one of their larger functions.”
City alerts public to repeat utility scam
City administrators and public safety officials are jointly warning residents of a scam that has surfaced once again in our area.
Edmond Police Department spokeswoman Jenny Monroe said a few months ago OG&E warned customers of a phone scam in which a customer is called by a person falsely representing themselves as an OG&E employee.
Monroe said the caller says if the customer doesn’t make a payment on their delinquent account in the next 45 minutes to an hour their utility services will be suspended. Monroe said the caller requests credit card information or that they purchase a money card and provide that account information.
Memorial Booster Club postpones Taste of Memorial
Because school has been canceled for today, the Taste of Memorial has been rescheduled for 4:30-7:30 p.m. Jan. 7, 2014. Taste of Memorial has food from more than 30 local restaurants such as Alvarado’s, Flatire Burgers, Fish City, Boulevard Steakhouse, Garbanzo, Chicken Express, The Meat House, Panera and Earl’s to name just a few. A silent auction will be held with more than 140 auction items from local and regional merchants. The tickets are $10 from a Memorial athlete or $15 at the door. The money raised goes to Edmond Memorial Booster Club to help support Edmond Memorial athletics.
Multicounty grand jury reconvenes
Oklahoma’s multicounty grand jury reconvenes Tuesday in Oklahoma City.
Grand jurors will meet Tuesday through Thursday at the Oklahoma Attorney General’s Office, 313 N.E. 21st St. Hearings are not open to the public.
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