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Friday August 14th, 2020, Atoka Police Sergeant Jimmy Taylor viewed a white 2012 Chevrolet pickup at the intersection of Delaware and East B Street.
The vehicle had a modified exhaust system and accelerated to a high rate of speed.
Sergeant Taylor attempted to pursue the vehicle, but quickly lost sight. The vehicle was located abandoned shortly afterwards at 173 East Fourth street.
When Sergeant Taylor exited his patrol unit to investigate the abandoned pickup, he heard what appeared to be someone going over a chain link fence.
Taylor made contact with the property owner who advised that they did not know who the vehicle belonged to, and requested the vehicle to be towed from the property.
During an inventory of the vehicle, Sergeant Taylor observed a rolled up pink bandana, which consisted of a glass smoking pipe with a brunt residue, and two plastic baggies.
Hwy 69 Wrecker soon arrived and towed the vehicle from the property.
Later the same day, Sergeant Taylor and Officer Derik Franklin responded to City Barber Shop, located at 328 East Court Street, regarding a burglary.
The officers at the scene viewed that the business had been entered, and made contact with the owner of City Barber Shop, Harry Farris.
Farris reported that his vehicle, a maroon 2008 Mercury Grand Marquis was missing from the rear parking lot of the business.
Allen’s Lumber and Grain reported the business had been burglarized the same morning.
Atoka Police Officer Taylor Wood observed a back exterior door with a glass window had been used to gain entry into the building. The glass to the exterior door had been shattered.
Allen’s Lumber and Grain employee, Shannon Snow, advised Officer Wood that she would provide the store’s video surveillance footage.
The video footage showed a suspect enter the building and steal a MooreMaker yellow bone knife valued at $79.38.
Snow also provided a photo of the suspect to Officer Wood.
The photo was then reviewed by Atoka Police Department personnel. Officer Jedediah Griffith identified the suspect as Shakoda Williams, 20, of Atoka.
E.L. Construction reported a stolen vehicle.
Atoka Police Captain Brian Snead made contact with the owner of the business, Eddie Leyba, who advised him the company’s white 2012 Chevrolet pickup was missing from the property.
Leyba said that the vehicle was unlocked and an ignition key was in the center console of the vehicle.
He also stated the vehicle had a Stihl weed eater with a harness attachment in the bed of the vehicle.
The desription of the vehicle matched the pickup that had been towed earlier from East Fourth Street.
Leyba and the company’s office manager, Scarlett Thompson, arrived at Hwy 69 Wrecker impound yard to view the pickup.
Thompson informed the Captain that many of the items inside the vehicle did not belong to the company. Thompson pointed out a black pair of rubber boots, two keys with a tag attached that read “#51,” a green and black flashlight, a file, and some lighters, were not the property of E.L Construction.
Thompson also noticed that the electrical wires to the auto dim rear view mirror, OnStar, and satellite radio was damaged.
A Stihl weed eater valued $429.99, a Craftsman bag containing miscellaneous tools valued at approximately $100.00, and a plastic gas container with fuel, were missing from the vehicle.
Company camera surveillance footage was released to the Atoka Police Department.
Atoka Police Chief Gene Dodson, viewed a maroon Mercury Grand Marquis, matching the description of Farris’ stolen vehicle.
He observed the vehicle traveling in the northbound outside lane of Greathouse Drive, with the driver, Williams, and a unknown passenger.
Chief Dodson attempted to conduct a traffic stop on the Mercury Grand Marquis; however, Williams refused to yield to the patrol unit.
Williams continued at a high rate of speed turning onto Linda Avenue. He drove the vehicle east onto Sandy Road, then northbound on Gary Street, turning westbound on West Liberty Road, then southbound on North Murray Street, then westbound on Sandy Road. He then turned northbound onto Texhoma Avenue.
The vehicle continued at a high rate of speed with disregards to the pedestrians and the moving vehicle on Texhoma Avenue.
Due to slowing for the pedestrians and the moving vehicle, Chief Dodson lost sight of the vehicle.
The vehicle was shortly located at the end of Pine Street abandoned. The vehicle had struck a barbed wire fence, and was positioned in a field near a grove of trees.
Inventory taken of the stolen vehicle included: a black eye glass case containing miscellaneous change, a PotteryBarn bank card issued to LeeAnn Fugate, a social security card, a beige wallet containing miscellaneous items and a Visa Gap card with LeeAnn Fugate’s name, black security safe containing miscellaneous documents with LeeAnn and John Fugate’s name.
Also located in the vehicle was a tan felt hat, a checkbook with Harry Farris’s name; a MooreMaker knife
Found in the trunk of the vehicle was Fugate’s suitcase, 12 gauge Western Field shotgun, Pardner 12 gauge shotgun, Springfield Savage .22 rifle, Marlin 32-40, Stevens 311C .410 shotgun; Remington model 742 30.06, and a Savage model 720 automatic shotgun.
Fugate was unable to be contacted, but her son, Brian Fugate spoke to police. Fugate checked his parents’ residence and later contacted law enforcement to inform that he had discovered the rear exterior door of the residence to have been forced open, and many items missing.
While searching for Williams and the unknown passenger of the stolen vehicle, it was reported that Williams had went into the Community Center, which was close to where the stolen pickup had been abandoned, and that Williams had caught a ride to the Atoka Walmart.
Officer’s then responded to Walmart, where Chief Dodson located Williams standing near the Walmart entrance doors. He was then placed under arrest for the outstanding felony warrant.
Williams had a Walmart receipt of a purchase just made by him with a Visa Bank of America card that belonged to LeAnn Fugate, and a GMC ignition key.
At the time of the arrest, Williams was wearing a pair of black Muck boots that were stolen from the Allen Lumber and Grain. The boots were valued at $121.28.
Williams was booked at the Atoka County Jail. Charges are still pending as of press time.