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Numerous stolen items recovered in Alva


March 18, 2018

The Woods County Sheriff’s Office reports the recovery of a large number of stolen items including guns, ammunition and tools from a recent search of an Alva residence.

According to court records, on Tuesday, March 13, at approximately 6 p.m. Deputy Adam Honeyman went to an address in the 700 block of Center Street after being told by Undersheriff Keith Dale of suspicious activity. He spoke to Misty Crouch who owns the residence and received permission to look in the garage behind the house.

Honeyman along with members of the Alva Police Department looked in the garage where they saw a 1999 GMC pickup that Wyatt Crouch had been driving earlier in the day. According to the affidavit filed by Honeyman, in plain sight in the vehicle was ammunition related to previous burglary reports taken by the sheriff’s office. Officers also saw a long gun believed to be a bolt action rifle or shotgun inside the vehicle.

Misty Crouch said she went to Wyatt’s room and saw long guns lying out on his bed. She told Honeyman she has never seen these guns before in his room. She said Wyatt was at the house earlier and seemed to be rushed and nervous and was acting very abnormal.

According to the affidavit Wyatt was at another location in the county when a search warrant was served earlier on March 13. At that location a significant amount of stolen property, including stolen firearms and ammunition from multiple victims, was partially recovered.

About 8 p.m. a search warrant was obtained for the Crouch residence. Officers seized a total of 54 items, described in the affidavit as known stolen items. Included were several power tools, scopes and other firearm accessories, a large amount of ammunition, a 20 gauge shotgun, a pellet gun, and a Ruger Blackhawk Elite with scope.

An additional nine items were found in the bedroom including more ammunition, a Winchester Model 67A .22 caliber rifle, a Remington .22 bolt action rifle and another pellet gun.

Wyatt Mitchell Crouch, 19, of Alva was charged March 15 with knowingly concealing stolen property, a felony. This crime is punishable by imprisonment in the State Penitentiary not to exceed five years, or in the county jail not to exceed one year, or by a fine not to exceed $500 or by both such fine and imprisonment.

More charges are expected to be filed in the ongoing investigation of thefts in the county and area, according to sheriff’s department sources.

Woods County Sheriff Rudy Briggs Jr. said, “The Woods County Sheriff's Office would like to express our gratitude to the U.S. Marshal's Service, Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs and the Alva Police Department for their assistance in this case. Without the cooperative effort of all the agencies involved we would not have been able to recover thousands of dollars of stolen property and solve several farm burglaries in Woods County and southern Kansas.”


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