Man discovers stealing a vehicle isn’t easy even if you have the key

Police Department SuburbanAn Oklahoma man has discovered that stealing a vehicle from a used car lot isn’t a sure thing even when the business is closed for the day and you have a key to a vehicle.

Shortly before 6 p.m. Wednesday, Paris police responded to a call of a suspicious person in the 1000 block of North Main Street, police department spokesman Curtis Garrett said.

The complainant advised that keys to three vehicles turned up missing earlier in the day, so he waited after hours to see if someone showed up to take one or more of the vehicles.

Someone did.

Tevin Deshaun Nelson, 20, of Hugo, Okla., was arrested after entering the car lot and unlocking a 2001 Chevrolet Suburban with the keyless remote.

Nelson was charged with theft of property greater than $1,500 but less than $20,000. The incident is under investigation.

Paris police officers responded to 118 calls for service on Wednesday, resulting in five arrests, Garrett said.

By Charles Richards, eParisExtra


Print Friendly

About the Author

Charles Richards Charles Richards moved to Paris in 2004 after retiring from a 40-year career in journalism – the last 26 years as a news writer and sports writer with The Associated Press in Dallas and Washington, D.C. In mid-2004, The Paris News coaxed him out of retirement, and he began covering the police, court and regional beat for The Paris News. Then in early 2005, he was switched to coverage of a sharply divided Paris City Council. He was appointed by the City Council in 2006 to the 12-member City Charter Review Commission, which extensively rewrote the outmoded document. His writing awards include two first-place awards in statewide competition for feature writing. The most recent was his 2005 story on a Paris doctor’s startling use of leeches in a successful attempt to re-attach a man’s severed ear. Over his career, Richards’ interview subjects include Alabama Gov. George Wallace, President Bill Clinton, President George W. Bush, David Koresh, Arnold Palmer, Muhammad Ali and numerous other political and sports figures. He is an alumnus of Texas Tech, where he was editor of the school newspaper. He lives in Paris with his wife, Barbara, who is retired after 30 years as a teacher and high school counselor.