BLANCHARD, Okla. - Authorities are seeking information in connection to a recent theft from a Blanchard area property.
The Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association (TSCRA) said an ATV, skid load and numerous other tools were stolen on January 13, 2019 from the property.
"The two most significant items stolen were a red 2018 Case Scout side-by-side all-terrain vehicle, serial No. YDXCE5078, and a 2004 New Holland LS 170 skid loader, serial No. 156232. The ATV was outfitted with an aftermarket LED light bar, and the skid loader had a BDS brush grapple attached," a press release issued Friday stated.
They belonged to Alan Patterson.
Patterson moved to his Blanchard home in December, and the thief or thieves struck twice.
“I’m the new kid on the block, so easy target,” he said.
Other notable items stolen were a number of DeWalt hand tools, a cutting torch, oxygen tank, welding hood and air compressor.
Patterson said in total, upwards of $45,000 of equipment were stolen from him. He was not home during the incidents. Instead, he was at the Mayo Clinic in New York receiving medical treatment after suffering a stroke two years ago.
“I had a number of MRIs, and there’s a heavy metal in the MRI contrast dye that some react to and I happen to be one of those people,” he said. “It’s impacted my vision, my balance, ability to walk, so I’m trying to get vision corrected and hoping that would help out the balance.”
Undersheriff Phil Blevins with the Grady County Sheriff’s Office said the thieves went through trouble to get what they were after.
“The suspect vehicle came in from there, went through barb wired fences on the backside of the property up to a shop,” Blevins said. “They broke into a shop. They used bolt cutters to get into the shop and, inside the shop, actually had to move a pickup that was parked in front of the shop and behind it was a skid steer and ATV.”
No finger prints were left behind. Blevins told News 4 that it’s unclear whether Patterson was targeted.
“One of the neighbors observed a four door white metal flatbed truck pulling a skid steer at 2 o’clock in the morning, which is highly unusual,” he said.
Patterson said the pieces of stolen equipment also have his name on it and is asking the public to stay vigilant.
"I’ve never felt so violated. I mean, I do my best to be a good Christian. Go to church on Sunday, not just that one hour a week check the box like some people do but give more than they take and this one kind of hurt," Patterson said. "I gave more, not for the right reasons. Somebody took, not me giving."
Anyone with information that could help identify the perpetrator or perpetrators is asked to call TSCRA’s Operation Cow Thief hotline at 888-830-2333 or Special Ranger Bart Perrier at 918-847-3231.
A $1,000 reward is being offered for any information leading to the recovery of the items or an arrest.