LUTHER, Okla. – Mary Ann Nelson has lived on the same rural property outside of Luther for 30 years.
She’s been burglarized seven times over those years.
Friday was the first time the perpetrators were caught.
They were caught in a very public and dramatic way over live television as Bob Moore Chopper 4 followed the high-speed chase during rush hour traffic.
Nelson was just getting home from work Friday when she noticed a white pick up truck in her driveway in the 11000 block of Dobbs Rd.
The truck was coming down her driveway as she was driving up.
“We were probably, I don’t know, what eight, 10 feet from each other, good eye contact,” Nelson said.
The thieves were hauling her trailer with one of her four-wheelers on it.
They cut through her yard to get away, dumping the four-wheeler in the process.
Nelson had just seen some sheriff’s deputies working a traffic accident down the road so she raced down there to alert them to the crime.
Sheriff’s deputies gave chase.
The chase reached speeds over 100 miles per hour at times.
At one point, one of the suspects reached out of the truck to unhitch Nelson’s trailer.
Nelson watched footage of the chase later Friday night.
“Well when my trailer was going at another car, I was kind of nerved out,” she said. “Them guys took off and could’ve killed how many people? Just by the video I seen, dozens.”
Nelson’s whole family races four-wheelers and she was glad the four-wheeler wasn’t destroyed.
“I don’t like a thief,” she said. “I don’t have much. But what I do have, I work for. Don’t come take it.”
Her trailer was destroyed in the chase but she recovered almost everything else, including a tool box the thieves had stolen.
She is still searching for her son’s bowling bag that she noticed dumped along Dobbs Rd.
But by the time she went to look for it, it was gone.
Wesley Kidder, 25, Bethany Hightower, 24, and Curtis Spencer, 24, were all arrested for the crime and face several charges including larceny, eluding authorities and burglary.