June 10, 2014

Robbing Peter to pay Paul

June 10, 2014 Staff Writer Cydney Baron

PRYOR, OK — Kenneth Soukup, 29, Pryor, is charged with two counts of embezzlement, possession of a controlled dangerous substance without a valid prescription and possession of a firearm during commission of a felony.

Pryor Police Sgt. James Willyard interviewed Soukup regarding allegations of embezzlement from his employers, Roberts Auto Sales. According to the probable cause affidavit, on May 12 Soukup took $9,100 from a cash vehicle purchase to pay bills and support his “Roxy” (Roxiecodone) habit. On May 27, Soukup allegedly took $5,000 from the business safe, then returned it two days later. The affidavit says he took the $5,000 to help pay back money he had previously taken. Soukup allegedly said he “noticed the safe was unlocked so he took the money.”

He later allegedly purchased a Dodge Challenger and wrote the vehicle up so that he would receive $10,000 cash back. According to the affidavit, Soukup planned to take the $10,000 to repay the $9,100 he had previously taken.

After speaking with Willyard, Soukup consented to allow officers to search his office and personal items. Willyard found prescription bottles with no labels, which Soukup advised was “Xanax and Roxies.” Soukup said he did not have prescriptions for the medications. Roxiecodone is a strong prescription painkiller that is a name brand for the generic Oxycodone.

Officers found a 40 caliber Sig Sauer pistol magazine loaded with 12 rounds of ammunition seated in the firearm.

Soukup posted a $50,000 bond before appearing in Mayes County District Court Monday. Hew as told his charges can carry up to five years in prison.

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