There have been no reported sightings of an escapee from the Oklahoma State Reformatory in Granite, according to the Oklahoma Department of Corrections.
Aaron Kelsey, 26, Durant, escaped from the medium-security prison in southwestern Oklahoma sometime Wednesday evening, authorities reported.
This morning, DOC Public Information Officer Jerry Massie said there have been no sightings of Kelsey and that he is thought to have left the state.
Kelsey is described as a white man, 5-foot-10, approximately 170 pounds with brown hair and green eyes. He also has multiple tattoos.
According to the ODOC, Kelsey was convicted in Bryan County of second-degree burglary, use of a vehicle in discharge of a weapon and possession of firearms during probation.
He was sentenced in April 2013 to 10 years in prison with the last five years suspended and he had been scheduled for a parole hearing in July 2016.
In other crime news, Durant Police have been investigating numerous thefts this month, including the theft of money from a police cruiser. Master Patrol Officer Brandon Carbaugh told Sgt. Bryan R. Moore that approximately $2,245 in cash was stolen from a billfold inside the center console of his patrol car.
The report stated that Carbaugh had taken someone to jail and that the person was handcuffed in the back of the car. Carbaugh said Patrolman Josh Williams was in the patrol car with him. Carbaugh later reviewed surveillance video from the jail, which did not show anyone entering the patrol car. Carbaugh also said he was “100 percent certain” the money was in his billfold when he arrived for work that day.
Master Patrol Officer Brian Chavez investigated the theft of two cell phones from a car parked at the Stage store. Kevin Ermis told Chavez that the phones were stolen while he was in the store with his son. The vehicle was possibly unlocked at the time of the theft.
Saddles, knives, fishing poles and Zippo-brand lighters were among items stolen out of a storage building on South Ninth Avenue owned by Sherry Cross. She told Master Patrol Officer Russell Harkey that she discovered the lock had been pried off the door and, while she was looking inside, heard someone say, “There is someone in there.” That individual then went back around the house, and the victim then observed a pickup driving away, the report stated.
Xavier R. Gunter told Patrolman Jared McCreary that a clarinet, a flute and a VCR were stolen from his storage unit at B&B Storage on North First Avenue.
Other storage units there also were burglarized. BG Vandenburgh told Patrolman Billy Thomas that his storage unit there was burglarized and a generator and knives were stolen.
Patrolman McCreary investigated a burglary at A&A Storage on North First Avenue. Carmen Kaiser told McCreary that approximately 20 antique crystal serving dishes and a computer were stolen from her unit. While McCreary was speaking with her, Steven Dimas approached and said he discovered a washer and dryer, a computer and two North Korean swords were stolen from his unit.
Another storage unit on North First Avenue, BB Smith Rental Service, was burglarized. Peggy Coffman told Lt. Brock Jones that when she entered her unit, she discovered her property scattered and an air conditioner was stolen and kitchen plates that belonged to her grandmother were broken.
Patrolman Bradley Nelson investigated the burglary of William Lowry’s apartment at High Meadows. The victim said someone entered his apartment and stole a ring, several watches, computer, tool bag, printer, fishing reel and a small safe containing cash and medications. There was no sign of forced entry.
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