The Pryor Times

October 18, 2013

Chouteau car thieves caught

Staff Writer
Cydney Baron

PRYOR, OK — The individuals suspected of a car theft in Chouteau were arrested Friday.

Jenny and Joshua Layton were arrested on charges of larceny and larceny of an automobile. The duo are caught on video surveillance stealing a car from Woody's Car Dealership in Chouteau and attempting to sell the vehicle at J.D's Auto Salvage.

“We posted pictures and surveillance videos on our department Facebook page and we received an anonymous tip,” said Chouteau Assistant Police Chief Michael Reece. “We were then able to locate their Facebook pages and printed out some pictures of them.”

The pictures were taken to J.D.'s Auto Salvage where the owner positively identifed the Laytons as the couple who attempted to sell him the vehicle.

“Then it was a matter of locating their residence, in Chouteau, and waiting to catch them at home,” said Reece.

The couple were actually arrested on a felony warrant out of Tulsa County, but Reece obtained an admission to this crime during questioning.

The couple appeared in Mayes County District Court via video conference from the county jail on Tuesday. Jenny Layton was told that her charges can carry up to five years in the Oklahoma Department of Corrections. Her bond was set at $10,000.

Joshua Layton, having three prior felony convictions, was told his charges carry up to a life sentence. Because of his prior convictions, his bond was set at $20,000.

Joshua's criminal record in Mayes County includes a felony charge of attempting to manufacture a controlled dangerous substance and possession of a controlled dangerous substance with intent to distribute. He faced a felony possession charge in Osage County from 2006.  

In McIntosh County, he was charged with a felony count of conspiracy.

A warrant was issued for his arrest in Tulsa County in February for possession of counterfeit money with intent to distribute.  

In Wagoner County, in March, he was charged with larceny of merchandise from a retailer and malicious injury to property, also a felony. He has a misdemeanor charge of possession of alcohol by person under 21 years of age as well as nine traffic infractions, a protective order and four money judgment lawsuits.