February 1, 2014

Finders not keepers

February 1, 2014 Staff Writer Cydney Baron

PRYOR, OK — “Finders keepers doesn't really work,” said Capt. Rod Howell of the Mayes County Sheriff's Office in regard to felony larceny charges filed against Tyeanna Kelsay.

“I was approached by Ms. (Kim) Martin who reported her anniversary ring had been stolen,” Howell said.

The probable cause affidavit filed in the case describes the ring as a 9.4 gram gold platinum anniversary ring appraised by EGL Gemology at $9,940.

“She advised me she believed the ring may have been pawned in Arkansas. I got on Leads Online and there it was. The online search showed the ring had been pawned at M&M Pawn in Siloam Springs, Ark. The receipt, showing the item had been pawned for $100, had Kelsay's signature.

“I interviewed Kelsay and she said she didn't know anything about the ring, that she hadn't stolen any ring. Then she said they might have found one, that her juvenile daughter might have given it to her,” said Howell.

Howell said the connection to an out-of-state pawn shop was not directly explained.

“But in my experience, people often think if they go to a pawn shop in a neighboring state they won't get caught, which is not true. Now we have the assistance of Leads Online and other technology to help us in these searches,” Howell said.

“Generally if you find something of value and it seems too good to be true, it is,” said Howell. “Finders keepers doesn't always work. In this case larceny of lost property is a felony. If you find something of value contact the newspaper to see about printing a notice, or contact law enforcement to see if anything has been reported stolen.”

The ring has been returned to its owner and a warrant has been issued for Kelsay’s arrest.

Bond on the warrant is $10,000. Kelsay has a prior felony conviction in Adair County. In 2007, she was charged with third degree arson.

Information filed in that case alleges she “maliciously caused a fire on the side of the road on the north side of New Life Ranch Road in Watts.”

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