The Edmond Sun

February 5, 2013

Deputy disrupts alleged Deer Creek burglary ring

Some suspects also accused of meth distribution

Mark Schlachtenhaufen
The Edmond Sun

EDMOND — A traffic stop has led to six arrests and the disruption of a burglary ring and meth activity, Sheriff John Whetsel said Tuesday.

On Jan. 29, Deputy Todd Bussell and his K9 partner were on patrol when he saw a vehicle in the 4000 block of St. Croix Drive in Deer Creek, according to an incident report filed by Bussell. Looking at the vehicle he noticed it had extensive damage to the driver’s side and tape was holding plastic over the rear driver’s side window.

During an afternoon press conference, Bussell told reporters the Ford Taurus stood out due to the way it was parked, 2-3 feet from the edge of the roadway, and it appeared to not belong in the area. He also saw two women in the car.

As he drove up next to the car, the females were laid back in the back seat, trying to do everything they could so he wouldn’t see them, Bussell said. They also appeared to be nervous, he said.

When he asked them what they were doing in the area they said a friend let them borrow the car for the day as long as they picked his friend up in the neighborhood, he stated in the report.

He requested backup, he stated in the report. After the two females were detained, Bussell asked one of them if there was anything illegal in the car and she said yes, the report stated.

Bussell stated that he received permission to search the car. During the search, he noticed a hard plastic rifle case on the floor in the backseat. It contained a .50-caliber black powder rifle. He ran a check on the rifle, which was not reported stolen at that time, the report stated.  

In a sun visor he found a cigarette containing a green leafy substance, Bussell stated. In the passenger side floorboard, he found a pouch containing what appeared to be a lock pick set, the report stated. In the passenger side seat he found an ID for one of the male suspects.

Another deputy told Bussell that a suspect said the rifle had just been stolen and the male suspect was somewhere in the neighborhood.

Whetsel said the incident started a nearly week-long investigation by the OCSO. Investigators were led to addresses in Del City, Oklahoma City and Deer Creek, where at least nine burglaries have been solved, Whetsel said. Burglaries in eastern Oklahoma County are also being worked, he said.

Whetsel said three search warrants were executed and a long list of stolen property was recovered. He said six people have been arrested:

• Chase Allen Slaton, 22, of El Reno, was booked into the county jail. His bond was set at $100,000.

• Amiee Nicole Gail Monholland, 21, of Oklahoma City, was booked into the county jail. Her bond was set at $56,000.

• Nichole Estefania Reyes, 20, of Oklahoma City, was booked into the county jail. Her bond was set at $54,000.

• Marshawn D’erane Cherry, 21, of Del City, was booked into the county jail. His bond was set at $14,500.  

• Amie Lea Scott, 33, of Del City, was booked into the county jail. Her bond was set at $28,500.

• Glenn Dale Huckabee, 41, of Oklahoma City, was booked into the county jail. His bond was set at $62,500.

Deputies also determined many of the suspects were responsible for distributing methamphetamine throughout Oklahoma County, Whetsel said.

On Tuesday, the OCSO presented 102 felony counts against suspects related to the burglary activity, drug activity and weapons-related counts to the Oklahoma County District Attorney’s Office, Whetsel said.

At least three more arrests are pending, Whetsel said.

According to various incident reports, items reported stolen were a $900 rifle, an $800 handgun, a skinning knife, a gutting knife, cell phones, a laptop computer, a camera drive computer, a $100 camera flash drive, a $140 computer flash drive, purses, wallets, $300 in cash, debit cards, credit cards, checkbooks, drivers licenses and a Social Security card.

Other items seized included a U.S. Border Patrol jacket, a black ski mask, a black stocking cap and two bandanas tied in a way to cover a person’s face.

Whetsel praised Bussell and the investigators. He also had a word of warning for citizens.

“Several of these criminals admitted to casing nice, secluded communities they considered to be soft targets,” he said.

Whetsel urged citizens to keep their cars locked, their garage doors closed and secured and their homes locked. He also urged them to not leave items in plain view in their vehicles. | 341-2121, ext. 108