Oklahoma City police arrest man with chandeliers stolen from Norman church

Investigating a string of construction site thefts in Oklahoma City, police arrested a man Tuesday who had chandeliers reported stolen from a Norman church, officials said.
FROM STAFF REPORTS Modified: June 30, 2010 at 3:55 pm •  Published: June 30, 2010

Oklahoma City police investigating a string of construction site thefts arrested a man Tuesday who had chandeliers in his pickup that were reportedly stolen from a Norman church.

Phillip Wayne Wilcoxson, 45, of Oklahoma City was in Oklahoma County jail today with bail set at $2,000, jail records show.

He was arrested Tuesday on a complaint of receiving and concealing stolen property and an unrelated warrant at 2820 S Robinson St., police Master Sgt. Gary Knight said.

Officers were conducting surveillance on a construction site at the address when they saw Wilcoxson load the five chandeliers into a pickup and leave the address, Knight said. Police pulled him over and recovered the chandeliers and other items they believe were taken in other burglaries.

The chandeliers, collectively worth about $3,000, were stolen from Holy Ascension Orthodox Church, 3350 12th Ave. NE in Norman, Knight said. Religious images on the chandeliers had been removed.

Police suspect Wilcoxson in the church burglary and other thefts from metro construction sites, Knight said.


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