Lincoln County crime briefs


Lincoln County crime briefs

Deputies arrest copper thieves
Lincoln County sheriff’s deputies responded to an alarm about 4 a.m. Tuesday at an oil well site at 850 Road and 3310 Road, north of Wellston and west of Carney.
Sheriff Charlie Dougherty said deputies arrived and took three people into custody at the scene for allegedly stealing copper, while one, possibly two others, fled the area on foot.
Dougherty said two pickups at the scene were loaded with “thousands of dollars” worth of cooper. Both vehicles were impounded. At daybreak, a search of the area with the help of the Oklahoma Highway Patrol’s helicopter proved unsuccessfull for the other suspects, he said.
As part of the probe, Dougherty said they believe these arrests solve other copper theft cases from Dec. 23 and 30.
Names of the three arrested haven’t been released.
Jailer arrested
A Stroud man employed as a Lincoln County jailer for the past five months was arrested Friday and formally charged Tuesday with four counts of lewd or indecent acts to a child under 16.
The charges against John Matthew Gelm, 41, aren’t job-related, but Dougherty said information brought to his attention regarding Gelm resulted in him asking the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation to probe the case.
Gelm’s next court date is Feb. 28