PURCELL, Okla. - Police say an accused thief decided to make the most of her alleged crime and sell thousands in stolen property at various pawn shops across town.
Authorities are looking for a woman who took off with electronics and other items from a home in Purcell.
Investigators have tracked down some of the victim’s property, but the alleged thief is still on the run.
More than $1,000 worth of property was stolen from a home in a quiet Purcell neighborhood near Adams and 7th St.
Police say when the victim arrived home from work, his stuff was missing.
When he called police, the crime was investigated as a burglary.
About a week after the crime occurred, police discovered a woman had pawned some of his items at pawn shops near I-35.
Officers say the woman was the victim's girlfriend for a short time.
She was staying with him until the day she allegedly took off with his Vizio Smart TV, Xbox 360, two Samsung tablets, a Blu-ray player, Nintendo and air soft pistols.
“She must have left the house right after he did with the property from the times that are on the pawn tickets, and started pawning the items as she left town,” said Sgt. Scott Stephens, with the Purcell Police Department.
The alleged thief is 23-year-old Joann Kaspar, who is now facing charges for grand larceny and fraud.
Investigators say they were able to track down some of the stolen items using serial numbers.
“If the [electronic] device is locked and the person who's trying to pawn can't unlock it, they usually won't take it. Unfortunately, this gentleman had not locked his electronic device, so she was able to pawn it,” Stephens said.
Serial numbers also helped police find the man’s TV and a few other items at pawn shops in Midwest City and Moore.
So far, they’ve recovered about $700 worth of the man’s property.
Police say you should always write down the serial numbers of big-ticket items in your home. If you are the victim of a theft, authorities say those numbers could help find your missing items.