March 20, 2014

Men arrested in $4,000 pipe theft


Two men were taken into custody Tuesday for the January theft of approximately $4,000 worth of steel pipe from a construction site owned by the Bridge Creek Little League Baseball Association.

Deputy Ryan Lake said he was dispatched to the area around the construction site on Jan. 30 and met Andrew Dawkins, who said he saw two men, Shawn Mitchell and Michael Ramsey, loading pipe that belonged to the Little League Association into a truck.

Dawkins told Lake he asked the men to show identification and they got into the truck and sped away.

Dawkins followed the truck and made note of the tag number, according to an incident report. The vehicle was found to be registered to Shawn Mitchell of Tuttle.

With this information, Lake said he attempted to make contact with Mitchell at his home, but was unable to.

He said he then spoke with Bridge Creek Little League Association President Leslie Benson, who told him he saw the same truck loading metal pipe twice that week.

The next day, Grady County Sheriff's Office Sergeant Phil Blevins said he went to Thomas Metals Group in Oklahoma City to ask the owner about pipe he had bought that may have been stolen.

"The pipe [the owner] had separated was identical to the pipe that was still at the Little League area," Blevins said.

Blevins said he went to the address found for Mitchell and met with Shawn's father, John Mitchell, who showed him Shawn's new address and gave him Shawn's phone number. Blevins proceeded to call Shawn and set up an interview.

"Shawn admitted to taking the steel pipe and selling it at Thomas Metals Group in Oklahoma City," Blevins said. "Shawn said he was given permission to take the steel pipe by a Charles Owens."

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