Deputies bust alleged theft ring that targeted murdered family
SHAWNEE, Okla.- Authorities in Pottawatomie County bust a major theft ring that allegedly targeted the home of a murdered family.
Deputies executed a well-choreographed raid around 1 p.m. Wednesday afternoon.
A dozen Pottawatomie County deputies swarmed a rural property on Antler Blvd. with their guns drawn.
Sheriff Mike Booth said, “We don’t want to take any chances. We always hope for the best but expect the worst.”
Authorities were tipped off that they would find stolen property at the home.
One piece of stolen property was a ski boat that belonged to Gary and Linda Haas, a Tecumseh couple who were murdered while on vacation in New Mexico in 2010.
Deputies also confiscated televisions, electronics and jewelry, which they say could have been taken during a recent multi-county crime spree.
Investigators detained and questioned several people but some were just in the wrong place at the wrong time, according to authorities.
The homeowner, Ginger May, was arrested and several small children were taken into protective custody.
The sheriff says he is putting criminals in Pottawatomie County on notice that this is only the beginning.
Sheriff Booth said, “It doesn’t stop here. I mean, we still have other things going on that may lead to other property from the Haas family.”
The sheriff says meth and other drug paraphernalia were also found inside the home.
The seized property was taken back to the sheriff’s department so they can run serial numbers and try and track down the rightful owners.