Ex-con Charged With Stealing Truck From Cushing Walmart Parking Lot
(Stillwater, Okla.) – A Cushing man with three prior burglary convictions was charged today with stealing a neighbor’s 1994 Ford truck from the Cushing Walmart parking lot with the help of a juvenile male.
Shane Andrew Bledsoe, 30, who got out of prison in October 2010, was notified by letter today to voluntarily appear in court on Aug. 7 or an arrest warrant will be issued for him.
Bledsoe had been arrested by Cushing Police Officer Kurt McKean on the day of the July 6 theft, but during the booking process at the city jail he complained of chest pains and was taken by ambulance to the Stillwater Medical Center, court records show.
Due to his criminal record, Bledsoe could be given a prison sentence of nine years to life if convicted of larceny of a motor vehicle after three prior felony convictions.
The Cushing officer was sent at 4:10 a.m. on July 6 to the Cushing Walmart at 3100 E. Main Street on a report of a stolen vehicle, his affidavit said.
The truck owner said that he had been notified by a Walmart co-worker that she saw the vehicle being stolen, the affidavit said.
She said that “she saw a small and large male walk to the vehicle while she was on a break,” after which the small male crawled through the rear sliding window of the truck and let the other male inside, the affidavit said.
She said they started the truck and drove it away, the affidavit said.
As the Cushing officer was beginning his report, he was notified that the two males, identified as Bledsoe and a juvenile, were returning the truck to the victim’s residence in the 800 block of E. Walnut Street, the affidavit alleged.
The juvenile’s father and stepmother were advised by the juvenile’s mother that the stolen truck was parked at her residence in Tulsa, the affidavit alleged. She said she would return the juvenile and Bledsoe to Cushing “due to the stolen vehicle not being able to start correctly,” the affidavit alleged.
When the juvenile and Bledsoe came back to Cushing, “Bledsoe stated the two walked to Walmart (in Cushing) and took the vehicle because (the juvenile) wanted to see his girlfriend in the Tulsa area,” the affidavit alleged.
“Bledsoe stated (the juvenile) walked up to the vehicle and crawled through the rear sliding window. Bledsoe then stated (the juvenile) started the vehicle with a knife while the two took turns driving,” the affidavit alleged.
The juvenile, who said he crawled through the window and stole the truck because he wanted to see his girlfriend in the Tulsa area, “stated he drove the entire duration of the drive,” the affidavit alleged.
The juvenile was immediately released to the custody of his father, on the instructions of the Payne County District Attorney’s Office, the affidavit said.
After the pair were arrested, the victim was transported by his family to Tulsa to retrieve his stolen truck.
“The footage at Walmart shows the subject vehicle being stolen,” the affidavit said.
According to court records, Bledsoe has three prior felony convictions from Tulsa County for which he received:
* five years in prison that he served from October 2008 to October 2010 for burglary from an automobile in 2008;
* a concurrent five years in prison that he served from October 2008 to October 2010 for second-degree burglary in 2008;
* two concurrent two-year prison terms that he served from October 2008 to October 2010 for two second-degree burglaries in 2006 for which he was originally given probation that was later revoked.