Thief caught red-handed in Sterling

STERLING, Okla. - A case of forgetfulness helped a local couple catch a would-be thief in the act of trying to steal their flatbed trailer right out of their driveway in Sterling, investigators say.

Homeowners Monty and Ronita Bridges literally caught the thief in action.  They had only been away for 15 minutes, but the suspect had already hooked up to their trailer.

"He left something at home he turned around and went back to pick something up and when he pulled into his yard, he noticed that someone was backed up to a trailer that belonged to him there in his yard," said Comanche County Sheriff Kenny Stradley.

Investigators have identified that person as Bobbi Jo Lively.

"He asked her what she thought she was doing, she said that a friend of hers had loaned her this trailer for her to do some moving with," said Stradley.

But they say they did not even know the woman.

"He walked into the house to get a phone.  He came back and they had unhooked from the trailer and took off," said Stradley.

A white truck matching the description of the suspect's vehicle was caught on a surveillance camera in Sterling and in just an hour investigators were able to get a picture of the suspect.

"[The suspect] is identified by our victim, and we come up with an individual and at this time it's at the DAs office and hopefully we'll be getting a warrant down."

The warrant is in the process of being signed.  Bobbie Jo Lively has been charged with attempted grand larceny, a felony.  Stradley says this is not Lively's first brush with the law.  He says she has a previous conviction for petty larceny.