Detectives attempt to reunite unusual items with owners after alleged burglary bust
OKLAHOMA CITY – The Cleveland County Sheriff’s Office is trying to track down the rightful owners of nearly $100,000 worth of stolen goods.
Belt buckles, coins, guns, gold watches and even an alligator head make up just a handful of the items detectives recovered following the arrest of an accused burglar.
Sheriff’s officials say 23-year-old James Newsom allegedly went on a crime spree across Cleveland, Lincoln and Pottawatomie counties.
They claim he took everything from small items to much bigger spoils.
“Vehicles, to flatbed trailers to zero turn lawn mowers,” said Meghan McCormick, with the Cleveland County Sheriff’s Office. “We’re talking numerous items that were valued at excess of $80,000.”
Officials say they were able to trace the pickup truck used during the crimes to a secluded home in Noble.
Newsom’s friend owned the truck but claims he didn’t know about the thefts.
The man said Newsom would borrow the vehicle occasionally.
He also added that Newsom would store trailers and mowers on his land.
While detectives investigated the crimes, Newsom showed up at the home and was taken into custody.
“Deputies confiscated seven trailers, seven flatbed trailers, altogether,” McCormick said. “They’ve been able to return five of the trailers to their owners.”
Two of the stolen trailers are still unclaimed.
Investigators say while they have returned some of the property to the rightful owners, they need victims to come forward and claim their belongings.
If you think you may be the victim of one of the thefts, call the sheriff’s office at (405) 701-8888 and ask to speak with a detective.