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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Darrell Weaver said there is nothing he likes better than “taking from the bad guys and giving it to the good guys.”

Wednesday, that's exactly what Weaver — director of the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs Control — did. Only in this case, the good guys were children. Weaver presented 15 electronic gaming systems and two iPod Classics to patients at the J.D. McCarty Center.

The center serves children with developmental disabilities.

The items were seized from a shoplifting ring in 2009.

Weaver said the agency tried to give them back to the Chicago-based store where they were stolen, but couldn't because the store already had collected insurance money on them.

Weaver said seized items typically are sold at auction, but this time he wanted to do something different.

“I have an 11-year-old son, and I know how much kids like electronic games,” he said.

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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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