Deputies: Stolen skid loader leads to stockpile of stolen items, meth lab
The Logan County Sheriff's Office says a stolen John Deere skid-steer loader lead to the arrest of seven people in connection with larceny and methamphetamine.
Frederick Warner III, 31, Miranda Johnson, 28, Ronald Snowden, Lacey White, 27, Catherine Thacker, 44, Scott Hayes, 24, and Keith Reifschneider, 28, were all arrested this week in connection to the crimes.
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Deputies say a John Deere was reported stolen from Oklahoma City on Monday. The victim could tell deputies exactly where it was thanks to a GPS tracker device installed. It led deputies to a home in the 400 block of W. Simpson Rd between Edmond and Guthrie.
When Deputies arrived, they talked with Warner and Johnson and determined that Warner was in possession of the skid loader plus another John Deere skid loader that was stolen out of Edmond. They also said they found a Remington 1100 shotgun that was reported stolen about two years ago, as well as other items they believe were stolen but were not registered with the National Crime Information Center (NCIC).
Both Warner and Johnson were arrested Monday. Warner, for possession of stolen property; Johnson, for an outstanding warrant for possession of drug paraphernalia.
Officers say the investigation continued and on Thursday, an alarm went off at the home, alerting the Logan County Sheriff's Office. When they arrived, they found several people who said they were associates of Warner's. That's when they arrested Snowden for obstruction.
Deputies say as the investigation continued, it led them to a home in the 8600 block of Wishon drive, about 6 miles from the first home. Deputies procured a search warrant for that home.
The Guthrie Police Department assisted with the search warrant later Thursday. Police say at the second home, they found and seized methamphetamine, precursor substances, and the used components of a clandestine methamphetamine lab. White, Thacker, Hayes, and Reifschneider were arrested on charges of possession of controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.
The Logan County Sheriff is still investigating and may make additional arrests.