OKLAHOMA CITY – A metro man is arrested for allegedly stealing from the Oklahoma City National Memorial and Museum.
The suspect faces several charges including larceny, littering and assault and battery.
The suspect in this case allegedly pocketed necklaces taken from the memorial fence.
Officials with the Memorial said, from time to time, people are caught illegally removing items from the fence but rarely does that result in an arrest.
“Items on the fence are meaningful for the person who put the item on there,” security director Leon Gillum said.
Gillum said last week one visitor witnessed 39-year-old Dominic Polk allegedly snatching several necklaces off the fence.
“Occasionally we will have people who don’t understand what the meaning of the items are and will take them for their personal use,” Gillum said.
Normally, memorial security simply asks the potential thieves to return the items to the fence.
Arrests are rare.
In this case, according to the police report, after being confronted by a witness, Polk “grabbed the victim’s wrist and spit in his face.”
Then Polk walked to the memorial entrance and allegedly committed another crime.
“There were witnesses who saw him open his sandwich and throw the wrapper down on the property,” OKC Police Sgt. Jennifer Wardlow said. “He was arrested for littering as well.”
The green beaded necklace Polk allegedly swiped and another with a pointed decorative rock have been returned to the fence.
Authorities said Polk’s actions are disrespectful to one of the city’s most sacred sites.
“You see this charge is a larceny but it’s especially troubling because you have this site for people to pay their respects and to have this there it is troubling to see,” Wardlow said.