The Pryor Times

March 29, 2014

Man arrested, stealing from Spavinaw School

Staff Writer
Cydney Baron

PRYOR, OK — Jesus Mireles, Kansas City Kan., was arrested on felony charges of grand larceny.

Spavinaw Public School was damaged during the tornadoes of April 2013. The school had roof damage, water damage and destroyed phone and Internet lines. As a result, the school contacted Tulsa Restoration Company to perform the repairs, according to Principal Christine Midgley as interviewed in the probable cause affidavit.

Mireles, and Daniel Salgado were part of the crew doing the repair work. When the principal advised the crew’s foreman, Larry Landsteiner, of the missing equipment, the search was taken to crew’s hotel room.

A search of the Baymont Inn, on S. I-35 in Oklahoma City, found the school’s missing iPad, Sony video camera and Nikon digital camera in the two motel rooms.

“Jesus Mireles’ statement said while he was in the Spavinaw principal’s office pulling up carpet, he took a Nikon Cool Pix camera, and an iPod. Mireles advised he put the items in his black travel bag in room 247 at Baymont Inn,” according to the affidavit. “Daniel Salgado’s statement said while he was working in the Spavinaw principal’s office he took a Sony camera from the storeroom and an iPad with a case, cables and USB drive. He advised he put them in his blue bag in room 253 at the Baymont Inn.”

Midgley estimates the total value of the items to be about $1,500.

“The iPad was brand new and the iPod actually belonged to a student,” said Midgley. “And we use the cameras very regularly.”

Midgley said she is glad the items were returned in good working order. She said the job foreman took the situation very seriously and did everything he could to get the electronics back to the school.

With the assistance of a translator, Mireles appeared in Mayes County District Court Tuesday afternoon. He was told the charges of grand larceny, as the stolen property exceeded $500 in value, can carry up to 10 years in the Department of Corrections. Mireles, through the translator, said he did not have a Social Security number, but that the rest of the identifying information was correct. He appeared in court having already posted a $10,000 bond. His case was continued to May 1.

An outstanding warrant exists for Salgado who is also facing grand larceny charges.