Dog groomer arrested for stealing $40,000 ring set, checks and property from clients

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OKLAHOMA CITY - A dog groomer has been arrested for stealing thousands of dollars worth of property from her clients.

Morgan Rae Goade, 36, of Luther -- who also uses the name Morgan Rae Phillips -- was booked into the Oklahoma County Jail on Sept. 21 on multiple charges, including concealing stolen property, grand larceny and larceny from a home.

She was arrested on an outstanding warrant relating to a misdemeanor retail theft case filed in August.

According to a probable cause affidavit, Goade confessed to police that she stole a wedding ring set worth more than $41,000 from a client’s far northside home in March.

Oklahoma City police reports said Goade sent a text message to her client, who had hid her platinum diamond ring in the closet and went for a walk, saying “I put the dogs in the garage, text me when you are coming home.”

The woman’s husband told police they never put their dogs in the garage and thought Goade’s text message was odd, as if she “sent that message as a way to be informed when his wife would be returning home.”

He told police Goade was the only one who was at the home while his wife went for a walk, the ring went missing on March 24 and Goade hasn’t been back to groom their dogs since.

On Sept. 21, police responded to Julian and Dalene Whisler's northeast side home for a disturbance.

Dalene Whisler, who had previously filed a report with police, said she knew who the person was that had stolen her property.

"I called my credit card company to see what my payment was and they informed me that I had $3.00, available credit," said Dalene Whisler at her home Tuesday. "I said, 'whoa!'"

After her bank sent photos from an ATM security camera, Whisler knew it was Goade.

"She took all of my jewelry, all of my coins, all of my money, everything that was in the safe. I have so many things missing, it’s just unbelievable."

The couple says Goade has been grooming their dogs for at least eight years, even using a shed on the couple's property to groom other clients dogs.

"She worked here for not quite a year," said Julian Whisler. "So we tried to help her out, but we couldn’t.”

Dalene Whisler says she realized items started to go missing at the beginning of September; $500 missing from a purse as well as $500 from a safe.

"I went to get the $500 to give to (Julian), it was gone," said Dalene from recently selling an old utility trailer. "I didn’t have (the cash) in my purse five minutes."

She also estimates more than $10,000 worth of jewelry is missing.

Police arrested Goade at the woman’s home on an unrelated warrant.

Officers later found additional items inside Goade’s vehicle, including a large number of papers with the woman’s personal information, bank account and social security numbers, and blank checks.

She has not yet been charged in those crimes. Goade is scheduled to appear in court on the misdemeanor larceny charge on October 11.

"Unbelievable. I trusted her, I really loved her, and I would have gone the extra mile for her," said Dalene.

"I know that I have to forgive her. Because it says in the bible if you don’t forgive your enemy, God will not forgive you of your sins. But I’m not ready yet."

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