The Edmond Sun

January 2, 2014

Calls keep city personnel busy during holiday period

PD seeks info related to incident in Edmond store

Mark Schlachtenhaufen
The Edmond Sun

EDMOND — Home burglaries and structure and grass fires were among the incidents keeping Edmond first responders active during the holiday period, city logs show.

While many area residents were spending time with family and friends from Christmas Eve to New Year’s Day, city firefighters and police officers responded to a variety of calls.

Thursday morning, Edmond Police Department spokeswoman Jenny Monroe said the agency continues to seek information regarding the Dec. 30 incident in which a man approached two young girls inside the Old Navy located at 518 S. Bryant Ave.

At about 4:58 p.m., Edmond Police Officer Roger Shortt responded to a suspicious person call at the store, according to an incident report filed by Shortt.

Shortt stated based on surveillance video of the suspect, a white male about 5-7 to 5-10 inches tall weighing 160-180 pounds, was wearing light blue jeans, possibly boots and a dark blue or black baseball-type cap with distinguished lettering or a graphic on the front.

He appeared to have scruffy facial hair and was wearing a hooded green or gray raincoat with dark fabric accenting the outer portions of each sleeve and near the outer waistline, Shortt stated.

The suspect was seen entering the store from the west and existed toward the same direction, Shortt stated.

Shortt stated the victims’ parent said the girls, ages 5 and 11, were sitting outside the dressing rooms with her son. When one of them came out of a dressing room a man approached them and asked a question related to his dog, Shortt stated.

The older daughter told the man “No,” grabbed her sister’s hand and went to the dressing room where their mother was located, Shortt stated. One of the victims said the man was a complete stranger, Shortt stated.



FIREFIGHTERS RESPOND TO CALLS

It’s the time of year when dormant vegetation and weather conditions can contribute to an increase in the number of grass and structure fires. Central Oklahoma, including Oklahoma County, continues to be in a non-drought area, according to U.S. Drought Monitor data released Thursday morning.   

A variety of conditions ranging from abnormally dry to exceptional drought in far southwestern Oklahoma exist in the state. Moderate to severe drought conditions exist in much of the western third of the state.

In recent days, Edmond Fire Department crews responded to a number of calls:

• 7:38 p.m. Jan. 1 structure fire call in the 800 block of Chowning Avenue;

• 12:47 p.m. Dec. 31 grass fire call in the 2600 block of Elwood Drive;

• 1:11 p.m. Dec. 31 grass fire call in the 500 block of East 9th Street;

• 4:02 p.m. Dec. 31 structure fire call in the 300 block of Winding Lane;

• 8:18 p.m. Dec. 31 grass fire call near 220th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue;

• 3:02 p.m. Dec. 27 grass fire call in the 11000 block of East 15th Street; and

• 5:51 p.m. Dec. 27 grass fire call in the 11000 block of East 15th Street.

Deer Creek firefighters also responded to a number of calls. They include:

• 12:33 a.m. Jan. 1 grass fire call in the 1700 block of Lake Shadows Court;

• 3:35 p.m. Jan. 1 grass fire call in the 14000 block of West Simmons Road;

• 4:48 p.m. Jan. 1 grass fire call near 178th Street and MacArthur;

• 8:14 p.m. Dec. 31 grass fire call near 220th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue;

• 11:30 p.m. Dec. 31 grass fire call in the 20000 block of Wilderness Road;

Oak Cliff firefighters also responded to several grass fire calls.



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