Roger Velton Kimbrell, 36, was charged with felony automobile larceny and misdemeanor eluding police.
According to an affidavit by Durant Police Master Police Officer John Walker, Utah Cox said he had been allowing Kimbrell to stay in his house due to the cold weather. Cox told police Feb. 24 that he “car pools” with another employee and that he left his truck keys on the kitchen table.
When he returned home that evening, Kimbrell and Cox’s pickup were gone, according to the affidavit, and a neighbor said Kimbrell had been seen at a tavern earlier that day.
While Walker was talking to Cox, a woman approached and said Cox’s vehicle was in the 200 block of South Third Avenue.
Walker left the scene and while turning onto East Main Street, he saw a vehicle that appeared to be the one owned by Cox, the affidavit states. Walker caught up to it to read the tag number and a dispatcher confirmed it was Cox’s vehicle.
According to the affidavit, the driver, later identified as Kimbrell, stopped in a driveway on Southeast Third Avenue and fled on foot.
Kimbrell got away, according to police, but he was identified after Sgt. Jim Smarr obtained a photo of him from a prior arrest.
A warrant has been issued for Kimbrell’s arrest.