The Edmond Sun

August 19, 2013

Affidavit: Tag agency suspects confess to metro crime spree

Case involves 3 businesses in OKC, 1 in Edmond

Mark Schlachtenhaufen
The Edmond Sun

EDMOND — Two suspects are linked to burglaries at four metro tag agencies including one in Edmond, court records show.

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 at a metro hotel by the Oklahoma City Police Department, according to court records filed in Oklahoma County District Court.

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.

The suspects are accused of committing felony second-degree burglary earlier this year at the Sooner Road Tag Agency, 9004 S. Sooner Rd., the Wheatland Tag Agency, 8620 S.W. 74th St., and the Greenway Tag Agency, 11721 S. Western Ave., according to court records. Two of them occurred within one day of each other.

A fourth felony second-degree burglary charge filed against both suspects is related to a theft reported by Edmond’s Broadway Tag Agency, 3900 S. Broadway.

The suspects also face felony charges of engaging in a pattern of criminal offenses in two or more counties and multiple counts of conspiracy to commit a felony, according to court records. They come after prior convictions for both suspects.

During their investigation, Oklahoma City Police Department detectives went to the Wheatland Tag Agency and the Greenway Tag Agency and obtained a photograph of the suspect vehicle, a two-tone dark and silver extended cab Chevrolet with flair sides and stock wheels, according to a probable cause affidavit filed June 28 in Oklahoma County District Court.

The getaway vehicle was found in the parking lot at the Oaktree Inn & Suites, 1200 S. Meridian, according to the affidavit. Detectives learned it was registered to a William Donovan who had checked into a room at the hotel, the affidavit stated.

On June 27, the suspects were arrested at the hotel, and both agreed to talk with detectives.

Under questioning, Donovan described how the burglaries were committed and where the stolen property could be located along with the clothing and hammer used, the affidavit stated.

Traver was located in the area by U.S. Secret Service personnel and brought to the detectives at the hotel, according to the affidavit. He admitted to being the driver of the getaway vehicle in the Oklahoma City burglaries, the affidavit stated.

The stolen property was found at the hotel and released to the Secret Service, the affidavit stated.  

In a previous report, Edmond Police Department spokeswoman Jenny Monroe said the suspects had been linked to the burglary here.

At 7 a.m. April 29, Edmond Police Officer Rickey Ecker was dispatched to the Broadway Tag Agency, 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.

Last week, the Oklahoma Department of Public Safety responded to a formal inquiry by The Edmond Sun.

Department of Public Safety Capt. George Brown said a computer printer ribbon stolen from the tag agency in Edmond contained driver’s license information from about 591 customers. Brown said it 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.

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.  



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