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December 17, 2013

Grand larceny at MAIP

Tahlequah — A man has been charged with grand larceny after allegedly stealing merchandise from MidAmerica Industrial Park to sell to purchase medication for his sick brother.

Jamie Passmore of GAP Roofing in Pryor's MAIP contacted Mayes County Sheriff's Office regarding the theft of 10 pallets of Gap Roofing Paper. Investigator Tammy Steddum-Ward, accompanied by Investigator Jason Treat, followed leads which resulted in an interview with Riley Chaney.

Ward asked Chaney if he knew why they were there to talk to him, to which he replied he thought it had to do with the Passmores.

Ward said she told Chaney there was surveillance video that showed him taking product from GAP and that he was watched while unloading the product in Rogers County.

Chaney said Passmore told everyone to take what they needed, just not to sell what they take. Court records show Chaney said he knows he should not have taken so much.

When asked why he took so much merchandise, Chaney allegedly said he needed the money because his brother is sick and needs diabetic medication. He said he was trying to help his brother.

“Chaney said he had been in contact with the Passmores trying to work out something,” Ward wrote in her report.

According to the report, Chaney said Robby Hughes was a foreman at GAP and helped him load the items in question.

“Passmore advised he has told all of his employees if they need something to go ahead and take it. But he said not a whole semi load full,” Ward said. “He said Robby Hughes was his foreman, but he was fired because of this. Passmore advised Hughes and Chaney worked the same shift.”

Ward documents Passmore continuing in saying Hughes would let Chaney bring a personal vehicle with a flat bed trailer into the fenced warehouse yard where Chaney would back up to where the roofing was stored.

Allegedly Hughes would allow Chaney to use a company forklift to load the product onto his trailer. Hughes would let him leave the job site with the stolen product then come back on the same shift to finish his hours.

Chaney, 40, Pryor, and Hughes, 33, Salina, are both being charged with grand larceny. Both show an outstanding warrant. Bond on both warrants is $10,000.


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