‘Sandwich Bandit’ linked to at least 30 burglaries in Cleveland, Woodward counties

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Correction: The story has been updated to reflect the correct spelling of the suspect’s last name.

CLEVELAND COUNTY, Okla. (KFOR) – Cleveland County and Woodward County deputies and U.S. Marshals are searching for a suspect they said has been linked to at least 30 break-ins in Woodward County alone. They believe the suspect is now hiding out in the Norman and Noble area.

Officials said Andrew Earls’ method of operation is to allegedly break into people’s houses and then make himself at home. The 27-year-old is accused in more than 30 recent burglaries in Woodward County alone.

“I think he’s in survival mode, I really do,” said Woodward County Sheriff Kevin Mitchell. “We very quickly realized we didn’t have a normal one-time theft.”

He’s now also being linked to at least five burglaries in Cleveland County.

“He will break into a home and he will eat, he will sit there, and drink their beer,” said Mendi Brandon, the Public Information Officer for the Cleveland County Sheriff’s Office. “We believe he will hide out in trees and hang out just to evade law enforcement.”

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Andrew Earls

Alisha Shrout said deputies believe she’s one of Earl’s victims in Woodward. She says he hit her home not once, but twice.

“They said that is his signature trademark. He goes in and trashes houses,” Shrout told KFOR. “He had cut my outside cameras and then he went into my bedroom and, where the receiver was, he cut every single cord.”

Shrout said a neighbor’s security camera caught the crook in action while he was wearing a head lamp.

“He left that head lamp in my kitchen next to the food,” she said.

The single mother of three boys said Earls broke into her home after kicking in her back doors. She said he stole her jewelry, threw her clothes around, damaged her iPads and helped himself to a couple cans of soup.

“He had cooked a breakfast bowl out of my freezer and used my microwave,” Shrout said.

She said the suspect also slept in her son’s bed and used her bathroom.

“He took a shower and left his wet towel and soap all over the floor of my shower,” Shrout said. “I actually found his jeans in the hallway outside my bathroom. It had like a shoestring belt.”

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A home that Earl is suspected of burglarizing and trashing.

In addition to trashing her home, Shrout said he also stole two handguns and a shot gun.

“He had got a 4-10 shotgun out of my bedroom closet, loaded it, left a box of shells in the bathroom and left it propped up sitting outside the bathroom,” she said. “He also shoved some of those shells down my sink drain.”

“We have a dozen or so firearms missing. Handguns and rifles. We’ve recovered about six of those, so there are still some that are outstanding,” said Sheriff Mitchell. “When we were close to catching up with him, he’d ditch whatever he had and run.”

The sheriff said Earl also leaves bread crumbs behind from his previous hits.

“He would go to one place taking something and then go to the next place and he would leave something from the first place,” said Sheriff Mitchell.

The sheriff also said they had come close to catching him a few times.

“We were there soon enough to lay eyes on him and we would try to contain him. But, in our rugged terrain, it’s really tough to do,” he said. “He’s kind of slippery.”

Now, Cleveland County deputies believe he’s in their neck of the woods, possibly hiding near Norman and Noble.

“He’s wearing camouflage or a gulley suit of some sort and he’s believed to be hiding in the woods in that area,” said Brandon.

Sheriff Mitchell said he believes Earls is dangerous and armed most of the time.

Cleveland County deputies said Earl is about 6-feet tall, with brown hair, and has multiple tattoos on his arms and chest.

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