By: Patti Weaver
(Drumright, Ok.) — An ex-convict from Drumright — accused of going onto property in Cushing to steal copper wire and cable in July — has been jailed in Creek County on charges of breaking and entering a room at the Drumright Inn, along with possessing methamphetamine and a glass smoking pipe on Labor Day.
Nathaniel Marteze McCormick, 33, who was released from prison 15 months ago, was being held on $6,500 bail pending his arraignment in Creek County District Court on Friday, court records show.
McCormick had already been charged last month with entering onto property of Starks Electric Company in Cushing on July 17 with the intent to steal copper wire and copper cable, according to Payne County court records.
A letter was mailed to McCormick by the prosecutor’s office advising him that if he did not voluntarily appear in Payne County District Court for arraignment by Sept. 17, a warrant would be issued for his arrest.
Cushing Police Officer Christopher Haywood had written in an affidavit that at 3:44 a.m. on July 17, he saw a suspicious vehicle parked on the north side of the Lazy-L motel “as though to avoid being seen.”
The officer alleged that he saw someone, who appeared to have clothing over his head, “bent over at the waist and attempting to pull black cables from underneath the fence,” according to his affidavit.
When the officer asked the suspect what he was doing, “McCormick advised he was looking at the cables,” the affidavit alleged.
“I approached the fence and observed copper cables with aluminum coverings in-between McCormick’s vehicle and the fence that appeared to have been cut into 12 to 18-inch sections,” the officer alleged in his affidavit. McCormick’s vehicle had wire cutters in the trunk space of his vehicle, the affidavit alleged.
“I asked McCormick what the copper wire in-between his vehicle and fence were for. McCormick advised he did not know and that they were there and appeared abandoned.
“I asked McCormick why he was trying to pull the wires from underneath the fence. McCormick advised he only wanted to find out what they were,” the Cushing officer alleged in his affidavit.
Since the owner of Starks Electric could not be contacted at that hour by a dispatcher regarding the copper cables, the Cushing officer collected McCormick’s information and released him, according to his affidavit.
However, later that morning, business owner Mike Starks met the officer at the location and “advised the copper wires and cables were out of place,” the affidavit alleged.
“Starks further advised it was his belief that someone had been inside his fenced-in lot,” and said he would review his camera footage, the affidavit said.
“Starks later submitted a statement saying, ‘On July 17, 2019, Officer Chris Haywood of the Cushing Police Department caught Nathaniel McCormick stealing wire and other materials after jumping over the fence into our locked company yard. He (the suspect) also spray-painted one of our security cameras and a photo eye.
“However, we have more than two hours of security footage from other cameras showing him (the suspect) on our property stealing material,” the owner of Starks Electric alleged in his statement to police, according to the affidavit.
“He did not have our permission to take anything from our company or to be on our property. After reviewing our footage, we saw him throw material over the fence and put it in his trunk. He was also pulling wire under the fence when Officer Haywood appeared. He did not take the material out of his trunk and l3eave it on our property before he drove away,” the business owner alleged in his statement to police, according to the affidavit.
McCormick was already on the suspended part of a six-year sentence for methamphetamine possession in Cushing in 2017, court records show. An arrest warrant was issued for McCormick last month for alleged probation violations, court records show.
According to court records and the state Department of Corrections, McCormick had previously been convicted of:
* methamphetamine possession in Cushing in 2017, for which he was given a two-year prison term from Payne County of which he served about nine months, followed by four years of probation;
* concealing stolen property, drug possession, and maintaining a place for keeping or selling drugs in 2014 in Creek County, for which he was placed on three years’ probation, of which 18 months was revoked in 2017 that he discharged in about 10 months;
* domestic assault and battery in 2011 in Creek County, for which he was placed on five years’ probation, but two years were revoked in 2015 that he discharged in eight months;
* possession of a stolen vehicle in 2005 in Creek County, for which he was given 18 months’ incarceration that he discharged in 11 months in 2006;
* false personation in 2005 in Tulsa County, for which he was given two years’ incarceration, with the Regimented Inmate Discipline (RID) prison boot camp program, that was modified by a judge in 2006 to one year and seven months of probation.