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Paperwork error blamed for release of alleged armed robber from jail

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OKLAHOMA CITY - A metro man allegedly responsible for a one-man crime spree is back on the streets.

Police believe the armed thief robbed at least nine different stores in the metro this year.

Law enforcement in Texas caught the alleged suspect in February, but he was set free before ever being returned to Oklahoma.

The suspect allegedly robbed a Braums, Little Caesars, Dollar General, Dollar Tree, Family Dollar, R and M Foods, EZ Mart and Conoco.

Numerous surveillance videos showed the same suspect ripping off stores all over town.

The alleged suspect eluded capture until a clear picture was snapped during one stickup.

Deputies in Texas then assisted the FBI and arrested Christopher McClellan outside Austin in February.

McClellan sat in jail in Texas until being released last week.

"I got a judge's order that said release him," said Roger Wade, with the Travis County Sheriff's Office.

Law enforcement officers in Texas blame the release on Gov. Mary Fallin.

"The reason he was released is we did not get a governor's warrant from the State of Oklahoma," said Wade.

Roger Wade says without the proper paperwork to extradite the suspect back to Oklahoma, they couldn't legally hold him any longer.

"We have to have a warrant within 90 days or he has to be released," said Wade. "We did not get the warrant, so the judge had no recourse but to release him."

Oklahoma City police say the repeated armed holdups prove the suspect is dangerous.

They still want him held accountable for the crimes.

"He's shown he has a propensity to rob. It's a pattern of behavior and we want to get him off the streets again," said MSgt. Gary Knight, with the Oklahoma City Police Department.

Police ask anyone with information on the suspect to once again contact Crime Stoppers.

The governor's office sent the following statement.

"A warrant has been issued for Christopher McClellan's arrest and the FBI is in the process of apprehending him. We expect him to be in custody and transferred from Texas to Oklahoma County shortly.

"Right now, our focus is on getting him back into custody. The governor's office and the district attorney's office are communicating and are committed to finding out what went wrong with his paperwork after McClellan is back in custody."

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