Man Accused of Entering Property with Intent to Steal Copper Wire and Cable
(Stillwater, Okla.) – A convicted drug offender was charged this week with entering onto Whitestar Petroleum property at three locations with the intent to steal copper wire and cable, being a felon in possession of a firearm, and possessing methamphetamine, marijuana and drug paraphernalia in a case investigated by the Payne County Sheriff’s Office.
Wayne Lee Ryan, 46, of Mulhall, was earlier released on $2,000 bail on misdemeanor counts of possessing methamphetamine, drug paraphernalia, and the controlled drugs, oxycodone and clonazepam without a prescription on Oct. 26, court records show.
Ryan remains free on bond pending his arraignment on Dec. 5 on all of his charges, court records show.
Payne County Sheriff’s Investigator Rockford Brown had obtained a search warrant for Ryan’s property in rural Mulhall on Oct. 27, according to his affidavit.
Sheriff’s deputies searched for “evidence of stripped copper sheathing a.k.a. wire insulation, copper wire insulated and/or stripped implements to cut copper such as wire cutters and bolt cutters, items depicting residency, methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia, and identifying clothing items of suspects involved in a series of copper thefts that have occurred within the last two months in the western region of Payne County,” the affidavit said.
Deputies allegedly found “marijuana, digital scales and small zip lock baggies together, glass pipes with residue, methamphetamine residue on the digital scale, Winchester 12 gauge semi-auto shotgun and 12 gauge ammunition, copper wire with green insulation, green wire sheathing in several locations on the property, mail addressed to Wayne Lee Ryan, prescription paperwork and prescription bottles for Wayne Lee Ryan,” the affidavit said.
Before the search warrant was served, Payne County Sheriff’s Deputy Dan Nack interviewed Ryan, who allegedly “confessed to being directly involved in the theft of copper from Whitestar Petroleum,” at 56th and Major, 56th and Pleasant Valley and at 14601 W. 32nd in rural Stillwater, the affidavit alleged.
“The last location photos were taken of Ryan and an unknown white male accomplice,” the affidavit alleged.
“A representative of Whitestar Petroleum has identified the copper wire insulation and sheathing found on Ryan’s property,” the affidavit alleged.
According to court records, Ryan had been previously convicted of:
* possession of marijuana and another drug, both with intent to distribute in 1996 in McClain County, for which he was given five years’ probation;
* drunk driving as a subsequent offense in 1999 in Noble County, for which he was given three years’ probation;
* drunk driving as a subsequent offense and drug possession in 2002 in Bryan County, for which he was given concurrent probationary terms of five years and one year.
If convicted of all of his current charges in Payne County, Ryan could be incarcerated for as much as 44 years and fined as much as $45,000, court records show.