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J.D. McCarty Center patients in Norman benefit from raid on shoplifting ring

A raid on a shoplifting ring netted electronic gaming systems and iPods that Oklahoma drug agents donated to children at the J.D. McCarty Center in Norman.
by Jane Glenn Cannon Modified: February 27, 2013 at 8:00 pm •  Published: February 28, 2013
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Through the years, Weaver said, the drug enforcement agency has given some items to local law enforcement agencies or other state agencies, “but of all the things I've given away, nothing has given me as much pleasure as this.”

Excited children were eager to unbox the gaming systems and begin playing with them.

“Thank you, thank you. I love this thing,” said Bradley, a patient.

Vicki Kuestersteffen, McCarty Center director, said many of the center's children don't have an opportunity to have these kinds of items.

“Things other kids take for granted are so special to these kids. This is just an amazing experience for them and will create wonderful memories for them,” Kuestersteffen said.

“Can I play with this?” a child asked Weaver.

“You can play, play, play, all you want,” he said.

by Jane Glenn Cannon
Senior Reporter
A native of Oklahoma, Jane Glenn Cannon is an award-winning reporter who has covered everything from crime, courts and government to entertainment and features. She wrote a popular personal column for many years. She is a former associate writer...
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