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Stolen pickup recovered in Purcell uncovers multicounty burglary ring

A stolen pickup found at a Purcell home has led to the arrests of three people, and another dozen are implicated in a multicounty burglary ring, authorities said.
by Matt Dinger Modified: April 16, 2014 at 10:28 pm •  Published: April 17, 2014

— A stolen pickup found at a Purcell home has led to the arrests of three people, and a dozen more arrests are expected in a burglary ring that could span several counties, authorities said.

Law enforcement officials declined to release the identities of those arrested, saying doing so could jeopardize the continuing investigation.

McClain County sheriff’s office detective Dana Guthrie said that late last month, law officers learned there may be firearms in a Purcell home where the stolen pickup was found, and three search warrants were served.

In addition to 15 firearms, officers recovered computers, hunting equipment, cellphones and other items, Guthrie said.

Warrants also have been served in rural McClain County and the town of Bradley in Grady County, he said.

Twelve other people have been implicated in the burglary ring.

“Some may or may not be actively involved, but I can tell you firearms are passing through their hands,” Guthrie said.

Law officers from Garvin County and Norman also are involved in the investigation, he said. has disabled the comments for this article.
by Matt Dinger
Court Reporter
Matt Dinger was born and raised in Oklahoma City. He has worked in OPUBCO's News and Information Center since 2006, and has been assigned to the breaking news desk since its formation in fall 2008. He specializes in crime and police reporting.
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