CANADIAN COUNTY – Officials say they have arrested four individuals over the past month in connection to oil field thefts occurring in far western Canadian County.
Authorities say the thefts primarily involved 12 volt deep cycle commercial batteries used at well sites to power electronics, and other oil field equipment.
In response to theft complaints from several energy companies, the Sheriff’s Office initiated investigations resulting in the arrests of Michael Harris, 39, of Oklahoma City and Mary Kathryn Ervin, 36, of Yukon on August 23, 2014; and Joseph Eugene Gordon, 32, of Oklahoma City and Amy Reanell Gilchrist, 33 of Warr Acres on September 17, 2014.
Harris and Ervin were taken into custody after leading authorities on a chase through a field.
Inside the bed of the getaway car, deputies found approximately twenty batteries owned by Devon Energy.
Harris and Ervin were booked into the Canadian County Jail and charged with multiple counts of Burglary in the Second Degree, Possession of Stolen Property and Possession of Burglary tools. Their bonds were set at $70,000 and $75,000 respectively.
On September 17th Gordon and Gilchrist were arrested after investigators responded to a call from a recycling center in Oklahoma City with information that a male subject was there attempting to sell a plainly marked Devon Energy battery, he believed to be stolen.
Sheriff’s Investigators were able to obtain confessions from both subjects clearing up several cases the Sheriff’s Office had been investigating since early July.
According to investigators, over seven thousand pounds of batteries have been stolen from sites in rural Canadian County, with the Sheriff’s Office recovering about 5,000 lbs in connection with these arrests. Gordon and Gilchrist were booked in to the county jail, and charged with Pattern of Criminal Offense, Possession of Stolen Property, Conspiracy and multiple counts of Burglary in the Second Degree. Bond was set at $42,500.00 and $37,500.00 respectively. Gordon remains in custody.