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Warrant issued in Bates 2016 burglary


April 15, 2018

An arrest warrant was issued April 10 for an Edmond man in connection with stolen items recovered in rural Woods County. Ryan Todd Rock, 48, has been charged with burglary in the second degree, a felony. This crime is punishable by imprisonment for two to seven years.

According to information filed in the case, on Dec. 9, 2016, Jared Bates called the Woods County Sheriff’s Office to report a burglary from a building located on his property approximately a quarter mile east of County Road 270 on Jackson Road. Bates said he had cameras set up due to a previous theft at a neighbor’s property a couple of months earlier.

Bates said the lock on the cattle guard was cut to gain access to the property and building. The west door to the building was locked prior to the theft, and the suspect(s) broke into this door.

Woods County Deputy David Cummings viewed the images taken by the camera. In the trail camera images, he saw a 1990s to 2000s model Jeep Grand Cherokee pulling onto the property and circling the building before coming to a stop by a door on the west side of the building. Two white males are observed entering and exiting the building placing items from the building into the vehicle. One was wearing what appeared to be camouflage clothing with a headlamp flashlight around his head. The other man who was larger in the stomach area was in a light colored hoodie and blue jeans. He was also wearing a headlamp flashlight. Both were wearing boots. The man in the hoodie was seen as the driver. The first picture taken on the camera on Dec. 8, 2016, was at 6:36 p.m. and the last was at 7:07 p.m.

Among the items reported stolen by Bates were three chainsaws, a welder, numerous tools and parts. The total loss was estimated at $4,941. Due to the volume of items inside the building prior to the theft, Bates could not provide an exact inventory of everything missing.

On March 13, 2018, while assisting in an arrest warrant for Mike Crouch with the U.S. Marshals, law enforcement officers executed search warrants on property belonging to Crouch. One location was approximately one quarter mile south of Jefferson Road off of County Road 380. Crouch has been known to spend occasional nights at that property, according to the affidavit filed in this case.

Numerous items were recovered which had been listed in theft reports taken by the Woods County Sheriff’s Office and the Alva Police Department. Officers found a large number of tools and clothing. Victims of the thefts were contacted including Bates. When Bates arrived later, he identified a set of red car ramps, two large pipe wrenches, four other large wrenches, an axe, three pry bars, 3 5-gallon gas cans, two horse snippers and two bearing pullers as property taken from his building.

On March 16, Deputy Cummings spoke to Crouch’s girlfriend Kimberly Buchanan after she was arrested. In a post Miranda interview, she admitted to be involved with Crouch in stripping copper from a vacant farm house located northwest of Alva, according to the affidavit. Cummings showed Buchanan photos of the theft from the Bates property. She said the thin individual wearing camouflage looked like her boyfriend Crouch. She said he always wears a headlamp on his head. She said the clothing and boots are just like what he wears all the time.

When asked if she recognized the other subject in the light colored hoodie, she said it looked like Ryan Rock. She said Rock is big like the guy in the picture. She said Crouch and Rock are friends. She said Crouch never talked about any thefts he might have committed. She said she knows nothing about the Bates theft; she only met Crouch in the spring of 2017.

On March 16, Cummings showed the Bates photos to another individual who wanted to remain anonymous. This individual immediately pointed out the subject in camouflage appeared to be Crouch. This individual has known Crouch for years. The individual said the other man in the light colored hoodie might be Rock based on his size and the fact that Crouch and Rock are known associates.

On March 16, Cumming spoke to another acquaintance of both Crouch and Rock who has known both for years. This individual also wished to remain anonymous. Looking at the photos of the Bates burglary, this person also said from the camouflage clothing, boots and thin size, one appeared to be Crouch. The individual said the other man appeared to be Rock. The individual said Rock was spending time with Crouch around the time of the burglary, and Rock had said he had a Jeep Cherokee but the individual had never seen the vehicle. This person also said Rock lives in Oklahoma City.

Cummings conducted a search through the Oklahoma Tax Commission on vehicles belonging to Rock. He found a 1993 Jeep Cherokee registered to Rock with an Oklahoma City address and up to date registration.

According to the affidavit, no interview was conducted with Crouch due to Crouch being taken into custody on a federal warrant by the U.S. Marshals and transported to Oklahoma City for incarceration.

Ryan Rock contacted this newspaper stating he has a bill of sale showing he did not own the above described vehicle until a year after the crime. He also states he was on crutches at the time of the burglary while neither of the suspects in the photos is using crutches.


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