By Patti Weaver
(Stillwater, Okla.) — A Cushing man has been jailed on $45,000 bail on charges of stealing a solar panel, battery and cellular modem from Summit Utilities and causing $5,898 in damage to other parts during the process — three days after he was released on $3,000 bail on an earlier charge of burglarizing Greenfield Mechanical while possessing methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia.
William Cecil Wilson Jr., 44, who had a prior conviction in 2017 for making a false declaration of ownership of a water pump to a Cushing pawn shop, has been ordered to appear in court this afternoon on all of his current charges.
In his newer case that was filed earlier this month, Wilson admitted that he stole the solar panel on Nov. 3 for another man “because he needed one for a camper,” Cushing Police Detective Jerrod Livergood alleged in an affidavit.
“Wilson said he used a wrench to remove the solar panel from the box it was attached to. Wilson said that he sat the solar panel in the grass for 1-2 hours, then came back to move it to its current location. Wilson said that (the other man) didn’t ask him to steal it, but he took it upon himself to do that,” the affidavit alleged.
A company representative “reported a total loss of $5,898 for Summit Utilities to repair/replace the damaged parts,” the affidavit alleged.
Due to his criminal record, Wilson could be given a life prison term plus 15 years if convicted of all of his current charges including the Oct. 30 burglary of Greenfield Mechanical, court records show.