LAWTON, OK (KSWO) –Five cars were stolen from a used car lot in Lawton and police quickly found four of them and the man behind the thefts.
The owner of Cars-R-Us on Northwest 2nd Street called police around 8:40 a.m. Monday and reported five stolen cars and a damaged sixth. She told police a 2002 Jeep Liberty, 204 GMC Envoy, 2006 Nissan Altima, 2003 Ford Escape and a 2004 Kia Sedona were stolen. She went on to say a 1998 Jaguar that was parked inside the building was damaged.
The owner told police she believes an air conditioning unit was pried open and someone went through the vents to get inside.
In addition to the five cars, an air conditioner, boom box stereo, vehicle titles, a notary stamp and other items were all taken.
At 12:40 p.m. Monday, four hours after police were called about the theft, they found one of the stolen vehicles and the man responsible. Police were called out to check a suspicious person in a gold GMC Yukon on Southeast Park Avenue when they saw the stolen Yukon parked at Motel 6. The two officers checked the vehicle and spoke to Terry Dale Dorrell because he was standing outside the vehicle and claimed ownership.
Dorrell told the officers he just bought the Yukon, but officers noticed the paper tag belonged to a Jeep Liberty and not the Yukon it was on.
Dorrell was arrested and police found three sets of car keys and rubber gloves in his front pocket. They went on to find four more sets of keys, 14 vehicle titles, unused paper dealer tags from Used Cars-R-Us, paperwork from the dealership, blue gloves, a rubber mallet and a card file that belonged to the dealership. Dorrell was interviewed and confessed to the thefts.
The Nissan Altima was found at the Executive Inn during an area search for stolen vehicles. The Ford Escape and Kia Sedona were found behind the Hilton Garden Inn after Dorrell confessed to where he left them. The Jeep Liberty has not been found.
Dorrell was booked into the Lawton City Jail for second-degree burglary of a business, possession of stolen property and motor vehicle theft. Dorrell is also being investigated for a burglary that happened earlier in the week at AT&T.
"We would like to recognize the hard work of our Uniform Patrol Officers who located four of the five vehicles that were stolen in one day! We appreciate the joint effort between our Uniform Patrol Officers and our Criminal Investigation Division that ensured a swift arrest and charges being filed against Dorrell," Det. Nancy Lombardo, LPD's public information officer, said.
Dorrell was charged with burglary of a business and five counts of theft of a vehicle Wednesday. His bond was set at $800,000.