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In February 2020, Atoka County Sheriff Deputy Kevin Nave spoke to Leslie and Kerry Chase. Leslie Chase told the deputy her mother’s safe was missing from the home.
Chase stated the safe had been kept in the home for several years since she had power of attorney for her mother. She noticed the safe was missing when she went to remove some money.
They noticed the wall and studs to the wall had been cut to gain access to the safe. The original safe had been replaced with a newer version that was a different color and material.
The Chases advised Deputy Nave that their son, Kobe Bryant Chase, 19, of Atoka, and his girlfriend had been staying in the room behind the damaged wall. Kobe Chase and his girlfriend, Stormy Kenyon, had left the home in December 2019 when Kobe had been arrested. Chase stated her son had recently bought two new vehicles. The parents believe the vehicles were purchased with money from the safe.
Leslie Chase had contacted her son who admitted to stealing the safe. Kobe informed his mother the safe was at Kenyon’s residence.
Deputy Nave made contact with Kenyon who stated the safe was not at her home. She stated she had only seen Kobe Chase twice since leaving his parents home. Kenyon agreed to a search of her home, but nothing was located.
The value of items in the safe and Chase’s mother’s life savings were $160,000.
Kobe Chase is charged with grand larceny from a house (felony).