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Parking lot video provides evidence


October 22, 2017

A parking lot surveillance camera fingered a suspect in a property damage report from a local bar.

According to court papers, Teresa Nicole Garcia told Alva police on Aug. 21 that her pickup was scratched or keyed and she wanted to press charges. The dark green 2007 Nissan Titan XE had scratch marks that a body shop estimated would cost $2,347.98 to repair.

Garcia provided a written statement saying she was at the Angry Bull Saloon from about 10:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. on Aug. 18. The next morning, she saw scratches on the sides and hood of her pickup. She sent a text to the Angry Bull owner asking him to check video security footage.

On Aug. 19 the bar owner told Garcia two men were seen circling her truck in the time frame she provided. The owner identified the men.

About 6:40 p.m. the same day, Garcia said she received a phone call from someone who said his name was Tyler. He said he was sorry he did that and did not know what he was thinking. Garcia said she did not know him, and he did not know her. Tyler told her he knows of her. Garcia told him she was going to let the authorities handle it. Tyler said please don’t, I am trying to be civil about this. Garcia said she hung up on him, he tried to call back and she rejected his call and blocked his number.

Tyler Bernhardt was one of the men identified in the video. When Officer Timothy Clapp interviewed him on Sept. 9, Bernhardt said he was too drunk to remember. Clapp asked why he called Garcia, and he said there were rumors going around that he vandalized her pickup so he called her to apologize in case he did do it.

Clapp also interviewed Cole Andrew Jackson, the other man on the video. Jackson gave the same story. Clapp asked if they went outside the bar at any time, and he said yes. When asked why, Jackson said Bernhardt kept getting sick, and they needed fresh air. Clapp asked Jackson if he left Bernhardt by himself, and he said no.

Clapp reviewed the security footage. He saw Bernhardt and Jackson exit the building at 11 p.m. and return four minutes later. They were seen going by Garcia’s pickup.

The video showed the two exiting the building again at 12:08 a.m. and circling the pickup. At 12:11 a.m. Jackson was seen entering the building while Bernhardt is seen by the pickup appearing to key the sides and the hood. A few seconds later, Bernhardt is seen entering the building.

On Oct. 12 in Woods County, Tyler Scott Bernhardt, 22, of Alva was charged with malicious injury to property over $1,000, a felony. This crime is punishable by imprisonment in the state penitentiary for up to two years or a fine not exceeding $1,000 or by both fine and imprisonment. A warrant has been issued for his arrest.


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