Cushing Man Admits Stealing Forklift Donated To Church
(Stillwater, Okla.) – A Cushing man, who admitted stealing a forklift donated to Faith Church, has been given a five-year suspended sentence except 80 days in the Payne County Jail for larceny of construction equipment.
Ron Christopher Robinson, 49, was ordered to pay $2,500 restitution, a $500 fine, $50 to the victims’ compensation fund, $960 as a prosecution fee, and the cost of his incarceration at his sentencing last week.
Associate District Judge Stephen Kistler also told Robinson that he must perform 40 hours of community service for a non-profit organization or 30 hours with the CLEAN program to pick up trash on county roads, in accordance with a plea bargain with the prosecution.
Cushing Police Officer Jonathan Hall had been sent at 5:21 p.m. on April 25 to Faith Church regarding the theft of a forklift that had been parked around the rear of the building, according to an affidavit by Hall.
After Cushing Police Officer Rachel Hentges was contacted about the forklift’s location, she spoke to a man who provided the name of a Ripley business owner who took possession of the forklift, the affidavit said.
The Ripley man said he recently bought the forklift for $120 from a large man he knew as Ron, the affidavit said.
The Ripley man “told me that this forklift did appear to be in poor condition and he had the intent to scrap it before he noticed multiple parts had appeared to have been replaced,” the Cushing officer wrote in his affidavit.
Payne County Sheriff’s Deputy Scott Hopper “told me that this male was Ron Christopher Robinson,” the Cushing officer wrote in his affidavit.
On April 29, Robinson spoke to the Cushing officer at the police station about the forklift, according to the affidavit.
“Robinson said that he observed a forklift on the right side of the dumpster while driving around town looking for items to scrap,” during the week of Cushing Trash Dash, the Cushing officer wrote in his affidavit.
“Robinson clarified that this is when the refuse service picks up all items needing to be disposed of, as long as they are at the curb line for pick up.
“Robinson told me that he believed the forklift to be non-functional and someone had left it near the dumpster to be picked up.
“Robinson said that he had this forklift hauled to his residence,” and that he sold it to the Ripley businessman for $100, the Cushing officer wrote in his affidavit.
“Robinson said that he scraps for a living and did not think the owners wanted the forklift,” the affidavit said.