Three suspects were arrested Friday and charged with knowingly concealing stolen property from a victim in Bristow.
Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association (TSCRA) Special Rangers Brett Wellden and Bart Perrier conducted this investigation.
Perrier received a report of a stolen bobcat skid loader and two equipment trailers from a victim in Creek County on Nov. 17. Perrier and Wellden received information about a subject by the name of “Donald” who was advertising a skid loader for sale in the area. Wellden contacted “Donald” from an undercover phone and arranged to purchase the skid loader the next day for $5,500.
On Nov. 18, Wellden, while acting in an undercover capacity, met with “Donald” at a residence south of Bristow. The subject was found in possession of the skid loader reported stolen. The stolen equipment was loaded and then Creek County Sheriff’s Office Investigator Steven Rains and Creek County Deputy Sheriff Matthew White came to the location where three men were taken into custody. The stolen equipment trailers have not been located.
The subjects were identified as Donald Arsheed Romar Dillard, 32, Stroud, Okla., Randy Joseph Rickel, 30, Bristow, Okla., and Ronald Dean Mixon, 55, Stroud, Okla. The suspects were arrested and transported to the Creek County Jail where they were booked in held in lieu of bond. Charges will be presented to the Creek County District Attorney’s Office for review.
Perrier and Wellden would like to thank the Creek County Sheriff’s Office for their assistance in this case.
“Ranch equipment theft is definitely a problem in Oklahoma and Texas,” said Wellden. “Through the collaboration between the local law enforcement and us, I am pleased we were able to arrest three more thieves and we will work to bring them to justice.