Teenage suspects in Duncan thefts arrested

Teenage suspects in Duncan thefts arrested

DUNCAN, Okla._Stephens County Sheriff Wayne McKinney says the person caught on video stealing a truck is only 15 years old.

He was arrested Tuesday morning near Comanche after a witness called 911 and reported a boy riding a bicycle and peering into parked cars. Once confronted by investigators, the boy gave up his accomplice's identity, 18-year-old Brandon Harmon, who's since been arrested.

When the 15-year-old was arrested, he was found in possession of several stolen items. Items that included the bike he was riding, electronics, and two guns. All of which are believed to have been stolen from cars Tuesday morning in the Meridian Heights neighborhood.

Sheriff McKinney says it's hard to understand why Brandon Harmon and his 15-year-old friend decided to wreak havoc on their county.

"Times have changed so much in this country. People are doing things I'd never thought they'd do in their life," Sheriff McKinney said.

He says both suspects showed no regard for people's property and hopes the arrests will scare them straight.

"If not, they will be spending a lot of time in jail. They are about to get a taste of the system," Sheriff McKinney said.

He says the two may have continued on their crime spree, committing crimes much like this one, had it not been for the vigilance of the community.

"Be vigilante, do what the folks did this morning that resulted in an arrest. That will probably clear up and recover, hopefully, a lot of property not only in the county, but Duncan city limits. So, if you see something suspicious, notify your local authority and let us investigate it. You aren't bothering us, it is our job," Sheriff McKinney said.

Harmon has been booked into the Stephens County Jail and has been a person of interest in these thefts all along. However, Sheriff McKinney says there wasn't enough evidence to tie him to the crimes until now.

The juvenile has been released to his parents for now, pending any juvenile charges. Sheriff McKinney says despite their arrests, the investigation is still open and they have not ruled out the possibility of additional arrests.

Both of the teens could face auto theft and burglary charges.