By: Patti Weaver
(Stillwater, Okla.) — A Yale man on probation for unauthorized use of a car in 2018 and theft of a motor scooter in 2017 has been jailed on $15,000 bail on charges of breaking into a Yale man’s barn on Valentine’s Day and stealing three rolls of barbed wire.
Robert “Tanner” Jacob Simpson, 21, who has an extensive record of thefts in Yale, was arraigned from the Payne County Jail, given a court-appointed attorney, and told to re-appear before the judge on May 6 when he can seek a preliminary hearing in his latest case.
If convicted of his charges filed last week, Simpson could be incarcerated for as long as seven and one-half years and fined $10,500, court records show.
In that case, a Yale man reported that his barn was burglarized on Feb. 14 and again on Feb. 15, according to an affidavit by Payne County Sheriff’s Investigator Brandon Myers that was filed in court records last week.
Stolen were two chainsaws, a weed-eater, 18 rolls of barbed wire, a GPS, a welder, two sets of sockets, a grinder, two welding hoods, a propane cylinder with torch, a leather tool set, three plastic gas cans, master locks with keys, three pairs of boots, and one pair of custom cowboy boots, the affidavit said.
Some of the items were recovered in Lincoln County, according to the affidavit.
Six months earlier, Simpson had pleaded guilty to an amended felony charge of unauthorized use of a Yale man’s 1993 Chevrolet on June 18, 2018, for which he was given a 60-day jail term followed by four years and 10 months of probation on Aug. 15, 2018, court records show.
Two months before that, Simpson, who had admitted stealing a motor scooter in Stillwater on Dec. 7, 2017, for which he had been given a deferred sentence with an order to successfully complete the Payne County Drug Court program from which he was terminated, agreed he had violated his probation and was given a five-year suspended sentence with random drug tests, court records show.
Also in 2018, Simpson had been given a six-month suspended sentence with an order to pay $135 for stealing a metal meat cooker on Nov. 18, 2017, from a Yale couple. The smoker was recovered, court records show.
Also last year, Simpson was given a one-year suspended sentence and a $300 fine for possessing a .22-caliber pistol loaded with six bullets and having methamphetamine, both on Thanksgiving of 2017 in Yale, court records show.
At that same court appearance, Simpson was given a one-year suspended sentence for concealing $385 stolen from a Yale woman on July 31, 2017, for which he was ordered to pay $385 in restitution plus $135 in assessments, court records show.
Also in 2018, Simpson was given a 10-day jail term and a six-month suspended sentence for trespassing in a woman’s yard in Yale on Sept. 23, 2017, and threatening bodily harm to her if she called police and reported his trespassing, court records show.
At that same court appearance, Simpson was given a six-month suspended sentence for stealing a cell phone and a bicycle in Yale on April 25, 2017, for which he was ordered to pay $129.99 in restitution and $135 in assessments, court records show.
Also at that time, Simpson was given a one-year suspended sentence and $135 in assessments for possessing marijuana on Dec. 21, 2015, court records show.