Efforts by a Pottawatomie County investigator working a local theft case and obtaining a search warrant at an Oklahoma County location resulted in authorities finding stolen items, along with a growling bobcat and several marijuana grow rooms, the sheriff's office reported Tuesday.

Efforts by a Pottawatomie County investigator working a local theft case and obtaining a search warrant at an Oklahoma County location resulted in authorities finding stolen items, along with a growling bobcat and several marijuana grow rooms, the sheriff's office reported Tuesday.

Pottawatomie County Sheriff Mike Booth said stolen items were recovered as part of the multi-county operation that began Monday and continued Tuesday.

The search warrant with officers from numerous agencies commenced at the Red Barn, an RV park located on the North Interstate 35 Service Road in Oklahoma City, said Sgt. Steven Sample.

Sample, a Pottawatomie County investigator, said he's been working local cases for about two months that initially involved numerous thefts, including checks that had been stolen and then used and cashed in Norman and McLoud, along with a stolen dump truck/trailer from Tecumseh.

The investigation led to Sample getting information about stolen items possibly being at the Red Barn. That information, coupled with a partnership with Lincoln County deputies on a case in that county, indicated a possible connection, Sample said.

A camper trailer that had been reported stolen from Lincoln County ended up being tracked to the Red Barn property, he said, so a search warrant was sought and granted. Deputies from Oklahoma County, Lincoln County and Pottawatomie County, as well as Oklahoma City, Forest Park and Midwest City police, were part of the operation, he said.

Stolen property, estimated to be valued at well over $100,000, was found and recovered, Sample said, including a stolen John Deere tractor from Lincoln County, as well as stolen dump truck/trailer from a Pottawatomie County business in Tecumseh.

Officers did have one unexpected find during the search — a growling bobcat inside. A game warden had to be called out to the scene to help capture and sedate the pet so officers could search the premises, he said.

As part of the case, Sample said authorities uncovered a large identity theft ring involving the purchase of merchandise, including furniture from an Oklahoma City store. Numerous firearms also were found and seized, he said. Oklahoma County is taking the lead on the investigation, Sample said, which is ongoing.

Any arrest warrants or charges filed in this case are expected to go through Oklahoma County, he added.