Rogers County Sheriff Office Investigators Make Arrests, Recover Stolen Property

Tuesday, September 7th 2010, 5:25 pm
By: News On 6 & Dan Bewley, The News On 6

ROGERS COUNTY -- The Rogers County Sheriff's Office says it's broken up a ring of thieves.

Two men are in custody but detectives are looking for more.

It looks like a pile of junk, but it's all stolen property: power lawn equipment, a dismantled motorcycle, even a roll bar with KC lights and much, much more.

"Saddles, tack, storage bins, in another room we have a welding machine, we have a generator," said Sheriff Scott Walton, Rogers County.

Sheriff Scott Walton says it all was confiscated shortly after Jason Lewis was arrested last weekend. Lewis, according to investigators, would steal the stuff then give to his friend Patrick Medlin to sell off.

Medlin's wife would sell the property on eBay under the username karri1974.

"We certainly had two individuals that were active thugs in Rogers County and surrounding area," Sheriff Walton said.

Medlin and Lewis are in jail and investigators are still trying to determine just exactly what Medlin's wife knew about the stolen property.

Sheriff Scott Walton thinks this is just a small portion of the stuff that Lewis and Medlin have stolen. He also believes they've been doing this for a long time.

"None of these individuals show any work history that I'm aware of, maybe they do, but I think this is what we want to target and say is an everyday, get up and victimize somebody, career criminal that we certainly want to have room in our Rogers County jail for," he said.

Investigators are now trying to get the property back to its rightful owners and then they hope to go after anybody who may have helped Lewis and Medlin.

"Right now our focus has been on what's right in front of us and information we hope to play it out a little bit more and bring others that are perimeter players in this, involved into custody as well," Walton said.

The sheriff says the ring would not have been broken without the help of the ATF and the Tulsa County Sheriff's Office.

Medlin, for example, was arrested in Skiatook and investigators say this ring went into several different towns and cities.

Arrests have also been made in another series of burglaries. 

Rocky Ward, 25, and his girlfriend, Brandy Spurgeon, 26 were arrested in connection with burglary investigations of a transmission shop in the Chelsea area and a trailer manufacturing business.  Deputies said Ward and Spugeon admitted their involvement in the burglaries.