(Stillwater) — An ex-convict who served prison sentences for murder and property crimes has been ordered to stand trial on a charge alleging that he stole $2,600 worth of tools from the bed of a pickup at the Cushing Wal-Mart.
    Rex Everett Gilworth Jr., 55, who apparently moved to a trailer park in rural Cushing after his release from prison a year ago, remains free on $7,500 bond pending his arraignment in trial court on June 8.
    Cushing Police Officer Carson Watts recovered all of the stolen tools from Gilworth — three days after the officer examined surveillance footage provided by Wal-Mart and spotted the suspect’s vehicle in Cushing, according to an affidavit.
    “Rex was very cooperative with the investigation. I asked Rex why he took the tools, and he told me that he saw the tools in the bed of the pickup and just took them,” Watts alleged in his affidavit.
    “Rex began to tell me that he was sorry for what he had done, and that it was very stupid,” Watt’s affidavit alleged.
    Gilworth then asked if he could speak with the victim and apologize, the affidavit alleged. Gilworth said he would pay the victim “for any wages he had lost for the days he was without his tools,” the affidavit alleged.
    After the officer returned the stolen tools found in Gilworth’s pickup, the victim identified them as his, said that none of the tools were missing, and told the officer that he still wanted to file charges, the affidavit said.
    The victim had reported to Cushing police that a large black Fat Max Stanley tool box, with several expensive tools inside including a Makita angle grinder, a Bosch cordless drill in a blue box and a Sawzall in a red box, were taken from the back of his pickup while he was in Wal-Mart on Sept. 2, 2008, the affidavit said.
    In addition to providing surveillance footage of the theft, a Wal-Mart employee also “was able to print me three photos of the suspect and suspect vehicle,” as well as four digital movies of different camera footage of the suspect, the suspect and victim vehicles, and of the suspect stealing the tools from the victim vehicle, the Cushing officer wrote in his affidavit.
    According to state Department of Corrections records, Gilworth had been released from prison four months earlier, after serving less than three years for concealing stolen property in Oklahoma County in 2005.
    Gilworth was first sent to prison at age 23 in 1977 to serve 30 years for second-degree murder in Custer County, DOC records show.
    He apparently served less than 20 years for murder, since his next offense was second-degree burglary in Oklahoma County in 1996, for which he was given a 15-year sentence, DOC records show.
    Gilworth also was convicted of possession of a firearm after a felony conviction, for which he was given a 10-year sentence from Oklahoma County in 1997, DOC records show.
    He also was given a 2-year prison term in 2000 for possession of contraband in a penal institution in Cleveland County, DOC records show.