Agra Man Charged With Possessing Stolen Truck
(Stillwater, Okla.) – A driver who was arrested in the Cimarron Casino parking lot in Perkins about 6 a.m. on July 4 was arraigned Wednesday on a charge of possessing a stolen 1994 Chevrolet pickup truck after a former felony conviction.
Due to his criminal record, Ronald Wayne Thompson, 50, of Agra, could receive as much as a 10-year prison term and a $10,000 fine if convicted. Thompson remains free on $10,000 bond pending an Aug. 15 court appearance with an attorney.
Thompson had been convicted in 2003 of feloniously pointing a firearm and assault and battery in Ripley in 2002, for which he was originally given a three-year probationary sentence that was revoked to 10 days in jail in 2007, court records show.
In his current case, Perkins Police Officer Billy Laster was on patrol on Independence Day when he saw a Chevrolet pickup truck with a brake light out as it slowed near the Cimarron Casino parking lot exit, according to his affidavit.
“I turned around in the parking lot with the intentions of getting behind this truck on W. Freeman to make a traffic stop. The pickup immediately made a u-turn and went back into the west parking lot of the casino.
“I thought that the individual driving the vehicle may be trying to avoid law enforcement contact by pulling back into the west lot,” so the officer left the parking lot, Laster wrote in his affidavit.
“As I passed by the Cimarron Casino, I could see the truck was now parked in the north parking lot and was occupied by at least one other person,” the Perkins officer wrote in his affidavit.
When the Perkins officer checked his in-car computer, he saw that the pickup being driven by Thompson was reported as being stolen, the affidavit alleged.
“I asked Thompson about the pickup and how he got it. He would not answer my questions directly and I had to ask questions repeatedly.
“Thompson told me he had an agreement to pay $300 for the truck. He advised he did not have a bill of sale or a title to the pickup.
“I asked if he had keys to the truck. He told me the truck had to be started by a screw driver.
“I asked him if he thought it was strange that he had a truck that had to be started by screw driver and not keys.
“He advised this was not his first vehicle that had to be started by a screw driver.
“I also felt that $300 for this truck was extremely under the truck’s real value. I later did some online searches and found similar 1994 models sell for $1,500 to $3,000,” the Perkins officer wrote in his affidavit.
Thompson was arrested for possession of a stolen vehicle and transported to jail by Payne County Sheriff’s Deputy Dakota Murley, who had arrived to assist, the affidavit said.
Thompson had two passengers, one of whom did not have any outstanding arrest warrants, but the other had two misdemeanor driving-related warrants on which she was arrested before being released on bond from the Payne County Jail, court records show.