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January 18, 2014

Stolen truck found in Pryor

PRYOR, OK — A man is in jail facing several charges after allegedly stealing a family member’s vehicle to visit his girlfriend in Pryor.

John Carl Warner, 23, was arrested at the home of his girlfriend, Sarah Hail.

According to Pryor Police Detective Chuck Ward, Warner was staying with relatives in Yukon (near Oklahoma City).

“When the couple woke up, their truck was gone and so was Warner,” Ward said. The owners reported the vehicle stolen.

Knowing Warner had a girlfriend in Pryor, the couple made the drive from Yukon in an effort to find it.

“They located their truck in the backyard of a house on Mayes Street,” Ward said.

When they knocked on the door, an unknown man answered.

The couple said their truck had been stolen and was behind the house.

The man handed them a set of keys that were on a nearby table and then fled the scene.

The police were contacted.

Ward responded along with Detective Kevin Lanham and Officer Nate Reed.

“We made contact with a female in the residence and felt that she was being evasive when answering our questions,” Ward said.

A strong odor of marijuana coming from the residence gave law enforcement probable cause to clear the house to make sure no other individuals were in the residence.

Ward said there was clothing and other items visible in the home to indicate that a male had been there.

The truck owners told police that no one had left the home since their arrival other than the unknown man who first answered the door.

Hail informed police that Warner had been there prior to their arrival and that her house has an attic. She gave consent to search the residence.

Several items that had been in the truck were located in the home.

“We found Warner hiding out in the attic,” Ward said. “Subsequently, he confessed to taking the truck.”

Warner told police he had planned to take the truck, drive to Pryor to see his girlfriend and then drive back to Yukon before the couple woke up.

His plans went south when he pulled into the yard and got the pickup stuck. A wrecker was required to free the vehicle from the mud.

Warner is charged with unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, knowingly concealing stolen property and possession or selling of paraphernalia.

He is being held on a $15,000 bond. Ward said Warner had a few outstanding municipal warrants as well.


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