Suspects arrested in growing theft ring
CHICKASHA, Okla. – Grady County Authorities arrested two men they believe are behind a large theft ring.
Jerry Vasquez and Justin James Post were taken into custody Tuesday evening.
Nobody answered the door at the address listed for Jerry Vasquez.
Instead News Channel 4 crews were met with dogs barks from behind the front door as well as a not-so-welcome greeting.
“F*** ya’ll,” someone yelled from inside the house.
Grady County deputies arrested Vasquez and Post, two of the head honchos in a county-wide burglary ring that has been busy for months, according to authorities.
Post, like Vasquez, is still in jail for something his girlfriend said he did not do.
“That’s my opinion. They got the wrong guy. Justin didn’t do a damn thing. Straight up,” she said. “I know what my boyfriend does and what he don’t do.”
However, investigators tell us they have some pretty hard evidence that links Post to the crime.
“These two individuals are the ringleaders or the culprits of many of the property crimes, burglaries, things of that nature that have been going on,” Grady County Assistant District Attorney Leah Edwards said.
In city limits alone, Chickasha Police said at least 25 burglaries have taken place.
In a case News Channel 4 earlier reported, surveillance video from a Chickasha construction business captured two thieves breaking into the place and taking a nap inside one of the company’s trucks.
During other crime sprees, the suspects are said to have urinated on the property.
The group is also suspected of targeting vending machines for quick cash, an odd crime ring in which police believe Post and Vasquez could be associated.
“It’s unusual for someone to break into a business just to get to the vending machine to break into them to steal the money,” Chickasha Police Major Elip Moore said.
Neither suspect has been formally charged at this time.
Authorities said they expect to make more arrests.