CANADIAN COUNTY, Okla. — One man is dead and another severely injured after being crushed by an oil pump. Law enforcement officials say they suspect the two men could be responsible for several burglaries and oil field thefts in northwest Canadian County.
Sheriff’s deputies suspect the men were either using the pump as a hiding place or were attempting to steal copper from the rig.
They say the two men were on the pump when it started up.
“The pumping unit came on and the weights came around and crushed him,” Canadian County Sheriff Randall Edwards said.
One of the men dragged himself across the field screaming for help.
He left a trail in the muddy field as he tried to make it to the property owner’s home.
“The property owner heard yelling in his field. He went out there, saw a young white male in his early twenties covered in tattoos and blood was laying in his field,” Sheriff Edwards said.
Steven Ray Cavenee, 30, was badly injured but his partner, Michael Paul Cradduck, 22, was even worse.
He died after being transported to the hospital.
“It is sad. It’s a waste of life,” the sheriff said.
Sheriff Edwards says the man originally claimed they were oil field workers, but that story just didn’t make sense.
“Oil field employees don’t get dropped off at locations without any transportation.”
Sheriff’s deputies also found stolen property at the pump; items that could link them to burglaries of homes in the area as well as oil field thefts.
“Both of them have extensive criminal history. In fact, the one that expired has most recently been in our jail within the last couple of weeks,” Sheriff Edwards said.
The property found at the oil pump included a lot of women’s jewelry and authorities say it could be from a burglary in the area.
Cradduck has a criminal history involving several burglaries.
Cavenee has a criminal history involving burglaries and drugs.
Cavenee underwent in surgery for his injuries.