By Patti Weaver
(Stillwater, Okla.) — A Perkins teenager accused of stealing a $7,999 four-wheeler and a $4.000 motorcycle from Wilson Powersports in Stillwater, as well as possessing a stolen Ford pickup truck and driving the four-wheeler through a fence, all on the day after Christmas, has been jailed on $25,000 bail pending his arraignment in trial court on Tuesday.
Caleb Alexander Lewis, 19, who had been placed on probation two months ago for domestic assault and battery in Perkins and false declaration of ownership in pawn, could be incarcerated for as long as 13 years if convicted of a four-count charge filed last week.
Wilson had also been sentenced two months ago to 30 days in jail in another charge of domestic assault and battery in Perkins and also drug possession, court records show.
In his latest case, Lewis was arrested at 3 pm on Dec. 27, 2023, at his girlfriend’s Stillwater hotel room where he admitted to Detective Josh Carson “to stealing the four-wheeler and then when he crashed it, he stole the Ford pickup. Caleb informed Carson the keys were inside the hotel room,” Stillwater Police Detective Newly McSpadden alleged in an affidavit.
After Detective Carson obtained a search warrant from Special District Judge Katherine Thomas for the hotel room, “we recovered the keys in the exact location Caleb told me they were located,” Detective McSpadden alleged in his affidavit.
“Also, inside the hotel room, we seized (his girlfriend’s) cellular phone due to it having messages of Caleb attempting to sell the four-wheeler.
“On Dec. 28, 2023, Detective Adam Elliott and I attempted to interview Caleb,” who stated he did not want to talk, Detective McSpadden wrote in his affidavit.
“Elliott and I went to Wilson Powersports and recovered the bicycle Caleb rode to the business. It was located on the east side of their property. At this point, we learned Caleb had driven the four-wheeler through the property of Turning Point Ranch, which was just north of Wilson Powersports,” Detective McSpadden alleged in his affidavit.
An investigation had begun after Stillwater Police Officer Dusty Behne was sent at 11:38 pm on Dec. 26, 2023, to the 700 block of W. Highpoint where he learned “a suspect was on a green Yamaha Kodiak 450 four-wheeler and had run through the chain link fence. The suspect had flipped the four-wheeler over on top of himself and during this time it appeared some paperwork had fallen off the four-wheeler,” that had a vehicle identification number, the affidavit alleged.
The suspect had fled and was not located at that time, the affidavit said.
But the next morning, Stillwater Police Officer Charles Rivas took a report of a 2000 Ford F150 stolen from a driveway in the same area that the four-wheeler had last been seen, the affidavit alleged. That afternoon, Stillwater Police Officer Chase Mobus went to the 1100 block of N. Husband where the four-wheeler had been driven through a green metal fence into a man’s backyard; the vehicle identification number was the same one as on the paperwork that Officer Behne had recovered from the previous night’s vandalism, the affidavit alleged.
That same day, a representative of Wilson Powersports reported that a four-wheeler had been stolen the previous night, and they had surveillance footage of the suspect riding a bicycle to the property, getting on the fence, and going through other areas of the gated business, the affidavit alleged.
The representative said, “the suspect had pushed away a 2015 KTM motorcycle which is worth $4,000. The suspect pushed the motorcycle off the Wilson Powersports property, and it appeared the suspect was unable to get it started. An employee was able to locate the motorcycle just off the Wilson Powersports property.
“The suspect then went to the Kodiak 450 four-wheeler and took it due to the keys being left inside the ignition,” the affidavit alleged.
“Due to the close proximity of the four-wheeler being recovered to the area the Ford was stolen from, I believed it was the same suspect. After watching the surveillance video and observing the suspect arrive on a bicycle, I believed the suspect most likely lived close to this location,” Detective McSpadden wrote in his affidavit. While driving the area, a Ford pickup matching the description of the stolen one was spotted, the affidavit alleged.
When the detective saw Lewis, “I explained to Caleb he was being detained due to leaving the area of a stolen vehicle and then attempting to run from me. Caleb was insistent at this point he did not have anything to do with the stolen vehicle,” but Detective Carson “informed me Caleb admitted to everything,” McSpadden alleged in his affidavit.