By: Patti Weaver

(Stillwater, Okla.) — A former Cushing man, who was released from prison last year, was charged today with stealing a Dodge Charger parked at a Ripley convenience store on Wednesday night, as well as possessing methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia, along with committing malicious injury to property.

Kevin Dewayne Littlehead, 37, of Shawnee, was being held in the Payne County Jail pending his arraignment this afternoon when his bail was expected to be set on a four-count charge.

Desirae Budkis, 37, of Cushing, who was arrested with Littlehead, has not been charged with the vehicle theft, but was also being held in the Payne County Jail pending a court appearance this afternoon on her two outstanding warrants from charges filed in 2018 and 2019.

Payne County Sheriff’s Deputy David Sloan was sent at 8:19 p.m. Wednesday to the Maverick Mini Mart in Ripley regarding a stolen vehicle that had just occurred, according to his affidavit.

The owner of a black 2006 Dodge Charger told Payne County Deputy Joseph Herringer, who had also arrived, that a man took his vehicle and drove south on Highway 108 followed by a silver or tan Chevy pickup, the affidavit said.

The store’s security video showed “a light-colored Chevy four-door truck parked at the gas pumps, a black Dodge Charger parked in front of the store, and a male standing by the Charger,” later identified as Littlehead, the affidavit alleged.

The Dodge Charger’s owner accessed his “find my iPhone” account that showed it was in the area of Highway 33 and Agra Road, the affidavit alleged.

The deputies recovered the owner’s iPhone and then started heading to Little and Maple Street in Cushing, where Cushing police were with the unoccupied Dodge Charger, the affidavit alleged.

While the two deputies were on their way to Little and Maple Street in Cushing, Payne County Sheriff’s Lt. Nick Myers advised a dispatcher he was at the Maverick convenience store at Noble and Cherry Streets — where the two deputies headed and found Littlehead and Budkis in handcuffs, the affidavit said.

“I observed a 2004 tan Chevy pickup parked in front of Lt. Myers’ patrol car,” that matched the truck in the security footage at the Ripley convenience store, Deputy Sloan wrote in his affidavit.

“I was informed the Charger that Cushing units were out with did not have the keys in the vehicle. I looked in the front passenger side of the Chevy and located a set of Dodge keys in the floorboard and an open bottle of ‘Old English 800,"” Deputy Sloan wrote in his affidavit.

“While searching Littlehead’s person, a glass smoking device with white residue was located and later field-tested positive for methamphetamine,” Deputy Sloan alleged.

After telling Littlehead that he was under arrest for drugs and also vehicle theft, “Littlehead looked at me and said ‘it’s not joyriding?"” the deputy alleged in his affidavit.

“I stated no and that he stole it. Littlehead then stated, ‘but the keys were in it.’ I advised Littlehead that it wasn’t his vehicle. Littlehead then stated ‘it was mine for a minute,"” the deputy alleged in his affidavit.

According to court records and the state Department of Corrections, Littlehead was previously convicted of second-degree burglary in Shawnee in 2001, for which he was originally given probation that was revoked in 2003 to a four-year prison term, of which he served two years and nine months.

Littlehead was also previously convicted of concealing stolen property in Cushing in 2012, for which he was given a five-year suspended sentence in 2015, the balance of which was revoked in 2017; he served about one and one-half years in prison before he was released in January of 2019.

Budkis was previously convicted in Kansas of aggravated assault and battery, for which she was placed on interstate parole in 2012; she was also convicted in Texas of drug possession for which she was placed on interstate probation in 2013, according to Oklahoma Department of Corrections’ records.

In Payne County, Budkis was charged in 2018 with malicious injury to property, a felony for which she was ordered to pay $2,302 restitution when she was placed on five years’ probation in July of 2019, but five months later a bench warrant was issued for her arrest for her alleged violation of probation, court records show.

In Payne County, Budkis was also charged in 2019 with seven misdemeanor counts of passing bogus checks, for which a warrant was issued for her arrest in December of 2019.