Police: Edmond painting theft suspect also implicated in Garvin County arson

Lloyd Tillman, 38, was arrested following several pursuits. (Oklahoma City Police Department)

A man arrested and accused of stealing a $4,000 painting from an Edmond home allegedly evaded authorities several times and is suspected to be behind a burglary and arson in Garvin County.

Lloyd Tillman, of Mustang, was arrested Sept. 20 near Greenville, Texas following a pursuit.

"They tried to pull him over in a traffic stop. You know, he was the suspect in that and he didn't stop. So they ended up in a vehicle pursuit and he bailed out of that vehicle and ran. I believe at that point they brought in some K-9 units and that's when he was captured," said Jenny Wagnon, spokeswoman for the Edmond Police Department.

Tillman was wanted by authorities after he allegedly stole a $4,000 custom painting and steaks from the front porch of an Edmond home. Undercover officers with the Oklahoma City Police Department closed in on Tillman at a Circle K in Edmond, but he got away.

"When confronted by him, he tried to ram one of our officers vehicles and then attempted to run over two officers," said Megan Morgan with the OCPD.

Three days later, Garvin County authorities began investigating a burglary and arson at Hinkle Homes in Stratford. Equipment and checks were reportedly stolen from the business before it was set on fire. Police say that Tillman then cashed thousands of dollars in stolen checks in Ardmore and was able to escape authorities once again.

On Sept. 20, authorities were contacted after Tillman allegedly attempted to cash another check from Hinkle Homes at a business in Greenville, Texas. Tillman became upset when the clerk took too long and left the business. Authorities were able to track him down and a pursuit began.

Tillman reportedly crashed through several fences in the area before his vehicle came to rest in a ditch. he then ran on foot and was arrested in a nearby wooded area.

He is accused of five high-speed pursuits, white collar crimes, assault with a deadly weapon and arson.

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