By: Patti Weaver
(Stillwater, Okla.) — A Cushing woman on probation for stealing cash, coins and an engagement ring from an elderly neighbor’s home has been jailed pending her arraignment Tuesday on charges of assault and battery on a police officer, escape from arrest and resisting arrest, along with driving without a license, operating a vehicle with expired tags and failing to carry a security verification form, in a case investigated by the Oklahoma Highway Patrol on Feb. 27.
At the time of her arrest last week, Lacey Camille Armbruster, 29, was being sought on a bench warrant for failing to appear in court on Jan. 28 in connection with alleged probation violations in her Cushing theft case, court records show.
Armbruster had left the Safe Passages Recovery Program on Aug. 11, 2019, without successfully completing it, and failed to pay $5,760 in restitution at $150 per month, along with cutting off a GPS monitor and failing to report to probation authorities, according to a motion to revoke a five-year suspended sentence she was given in 2018 in the Cushing theft case.
According to a report from Safe Passages Recovery Program in Pryor, “Ms. Armbruster went on a pass with her mother on 8/11/19. When she returned, the resident advisor noted different behavior. She questioned her and she (Armbruster) became angry and defiant, crying to other residents.”
When she was given a urine test for the presence of drugs, Armbruster “was positive for methamphetamines and THC. The office manager was notified and Ms. Armbruster refused to give up her phone. She left the facility around 8 p.m. and discharged self from the Safe Passages Recovery Program,” according to a report to the court.
In her Cushing case, the victim reported the 2015 theft after a relative found one of her stolen rings at Mike’s Cash N Pawn in Cushing in April of 2016, Cushing Police Sgt. Matt Piatt wrote in an affidavit.
The victim told Piatt “being a victim has taken a terrible toll on her health as she didn’t understand why someone would take anything from her — especially someone she knew, since she helped them so much,” with food and other things, the affidavit said.
The victim said that Armbruster and her girlfriend “are unemployed and very aware of her schedule,” the affidavit said.
The victim said “on the weekend of Nov. 21 and 22 of 2015, she traveled to Texas with her daughter to visit her granddaughter,” the affidavit said.
The day after Christmas, “she saw Ross was having a big sale so she was planning on going shopping with the money she saved,” the affidavit said.
“She went to her bedroom dresser drawer to get her money and saw it was all gone. She had saved $400 and her son and daughter each gave her $500 so she could get a new mattress since hers was 20 years old,” the affidavit said.
As she looked through her jewelry box in the same drawer, she realized that her wedding ring, a pearl ring, two sets of earrings, and her deceased husband’s wedding ring were all missing, the affidavit said. She said $400 in a wallet was also gone, the affidavit said.
“She was so upset that she spent the next two days crying and worrying about the missing items and what else would be missing,” the affidavit said.
She said that she no longer felt safe in her own home and had the door locks changed, the affidavit said.
She said that she had always been kind to Armbruster and her girlfriend, whom she treated “like they were her granddaughters,” the affidavit said.
When the Cushing police sergeant went to Mike’s Cash N Pawn, “I was told that Armbruster never pawned anything, but sold items to his shop,” Piatt wrote in his affidavit.
“I was told all the items he purchased had already been sold except the ring a family member inquired about,” which the victim later bought back for $53.56 because she felt it “was too valuable for her to risk losing it again,” the sergeant wrote in his affidavit.