By: Patti Weaver
(Stillwater, Okla.) — A Stillwater man with an extensive criminal record has been ordered to appear in court on Nov. 4 on a charge of breaking into a pickup truck containing the owner’s checkbook — three months after being released from prison.
If convicted of his latest charge, Gary James Rose Jr., 27, who remains jailed on $10,000 bail, could be given a prison term of six years to life, court records show.
A Stillwater man reported on Sept. 17 that between 6:30 p.m. on Sept. 14 and 10 a.m. on Sept. 15, “someone pried open the door to his pickup truck,” parked in a driveway in the 200 block of S. Duncan, a police affidavit said.
“The person entered the pickup truck and took his checkbook containing 10 blank checks from his account,” Stillwater Police Detective Richard Leport wrote in an affidavit.
On Sept. 23, a bank employee reported that a female customer attempted to cash a forged check on the man’s account in the drive-through on Sept. 17, the affidavit alleged.
The forged check was payable for $500 to a former Yale resident, who later told the detective that she lost her Texas driver’s license in late 2017 or early 2018 when she lived in Yale, the affidavit said.
The bank employee told the female customer, who provided the former Yale woman’s Texas driver’s license as proof of her identity, that she could not cash the check, the affidavit said.
When the former Yale woman was shown the bank’s surveillance video, she confirmed she was not the customer in the video, the affidavit said.
“On Sept. 26, a still image of the unidentified female customer was placed on the SPD Facebook page with a request for public assistance on identification,” the affidavit said.
“Later, I received a telephone call from a woman, “who told me she was the person shown on Facebook,” the detective wrote in his affidavit.
The woman “told me Gary Rose Jr. gave her the check to cash,” which she said she did not know was stolen, the detective alleged in his affidavit.
During an interview with the detective that day, Rose acknowledged that the check the woman had tried to cash “came ‘out of a car,"” the affidavit alleged.
According to state Department of Corrections records, Rose — who had gotten out of prison three months earlier — had previously been convicted in Payne County of:
* drug possession in 2015 for which he was given a 10-year prison term of which he served about three and one-half years before he got out on June 11 of this year;
* second-degree burglary in 2015 for which he was given a concurrent seven-year prison term of which he served about two and one-half years;
* shoplifting in 2015 for which he was given a concurrent five-year prison term of which he served less than two years;
* shoplifting on another occasion in 2015 for which he was given a concurrent five-year prison term of which he served less than two years;
* possessing a taken credit card in 2015 for which he was given a concurrent three-year prison term of which he served 13 months;
* carrying contraband into jail in 2014 for which he was given a concurrent five-year prison term of which he served less than two years;
* possessing stolen property in 2013 for which he was given a concurrent five-year prison term of which he served one year and four months;
* committing a pattern of criminal offenses in 2012 for which he was given a concurrent two-year prison term of which he served 13 days.