The Edmond Sun

August 17, 2013

DA files charges against ID theft suspects

DPS: Tag agency theft affected 591 customers

Mark Schlachtenhaufen
The Edmond Sun

EDMOND — Oklahoma County prosecutors have filed felony charges against two suspects linked to the theft of a computer stolen from an Edmond tag agency.

At 7 a.m. April 29, Police Officer Rickey Ecker was dispatched to a business burglary at the Broadway Tag Agency, 3900 S. Broadway Ave., according to an incident report filed by Ecker.

When he arrived at the business, the reporting party, whose name was redacted from the report, showed him where someone had broken the front window, Ecker stated.

The reporting party said her driver’s license computer and printer had been stolen from the business, Ecker stated. She did not notice anything else missing and all the doors were still locked; it appeared the suspect or suspects broke the window and entered and exited through it, Ecker stated.

Nothing else was disturbed, Ecker stated.

Ecker stated the reporting party said the business had a security alarm, but for some reason it did not activate. The reporting party said there was video surveillance and she would give the Edmond Police Department a copy of it for evidence, Ecker stated.

Broadway Tag Agency owner Terri Bowles did not respond to a request for comment.

In response to a formal request for information, Department of Public Safety Capt. George Brown said a computer stolen from the tag agency contained driver’s license information from about 591 customers.

Brown said the information was routine information normally found on a driver’s license. A current Oklahoma driver’s license contains a license number, expiration date, a customer’s date of birth, physical address and gender, height, weight and eye color and endorsements. It was not known if the information included Social Security numbers.

A DPS letter with instructions on how to obtain a replacement driver’s license or state-issued photo identification card was mailed to the affected customers, Brown said.  

In the report, the computer and laminate printer were valued at $1,000. The damaged window was valued at $1,000. Brown said the computer and printer would be replaced.

The Sun could not confirm if the DPS supplied the tag agency with replacement items at this time.



CRIMINAL CASE

Edmond Police Department spokeswoman Jenny Monroe said on June 27 William Robert Donovan, 40, of Edmond, and Richard Bruce Traver, 27, who is listed in court records as being homeless, were arrested by the Oklahoma City Police Department and are linked to the Edmond incident.

On July 3, Oklahoma County District Attorney David Prater filed the same felony charges against both suspects: Four second-degree burglary counts; one count of engaging in a pattern of criminal offenses and three counts of conspiracy to commit a felony.

On July 17, the defendants were arraigned in custody and each entered a plea of not guilty, according to court records. Bond for Donovan was set at $800,000, bond for Traver at $400,000, according to court records.

On Sept. 11, both defendants are scheduled to appear for a preliminary hearing conference in Oklahoma County District Court.

Regarding the pattern of criminal conduct charge, Donovan faces pending charges of felony second-degree forgery and a felony embezzlement in a third Oklahoma County case.

Traver faces a pending felony second-degree forgery charge.