Alleged thieves getaway short-lived, officers stop them for speeding immediately after crime

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HARRAH, Okla. - A traffic stop is responsible for landing three alleged burglars behind bars early Monday morning.

The headquarters for the Harrah Police Department is now filled with a mountain of stolen property.

Investigators say three people broke into a home in Harrah, taking more than $3,000 worth of property, including electronics, a shotgun, knives and even alcohol.

However, police say the alleged thieves' getaway was short-lived.

The vehicle they were driving was immediately pulled over for speeding.

Police say the getaway car was so loaded down with stolen loot, the three alleged suspects barely had any room for themselves.

One item that caught the officer's eye was a small black safe.

While police were talking with the driver, a call came through his radio of a recent burglary.

Sgt. James Waller, with the Harrah Police Department, said, "There was some mention of a small safe. The owner let the deputy take the keys to that safe. They went back to the traffic stop and it opened the safe up, and there's the victim's documents with their name on it inside that safe."

All three people were taken into custody including the driver, Jimmy Gober, and his two passengers, Gary Sheppard and Shalina Grant.

Meanwhile, residents in the area say they are beefing up their home security.

Jason Condor said, "It's really dangerous 'cause I don't keep guns in my house, of course. I have two babies at home, so I'm definitely gonna have to get my wife something now just to be safe for her."

Waller says they wish they had more criminals like these three.

He said, "If you want to speed, go right ahead after you've committed a burglary because we'd be more than happy to make contact with you."

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