By: Patti Weaver

(Stillwater, Okla.) — A Stillwater man accused of possessing a 1995 pickup stolen from the Oklahoma State University Animal Science Dept. has been jailed on $10,000 bail pending a Dec. 7 court appearance at which he can seek a preliminary hearing.

If convicted of possessing a stolen vehicle, Micah Floyd Winters, 41, could be imprisoned for one to five years, court records show.

Winters was arrested at 9:26 am on Nov. 8 at a rural Stillwater trailer park where Payne County Sheriff’s Deputy Zach Wheeler was sent at 6:39 am “for a suspicious person who was rummaging through a garbage can,” an affidavit said.

Winters, who was standing at the bed of a pickup, said. “he was waiting for a friend of his to wake up so that they could go to work and while waiting, Winters decided to go through the garbage can,” the affidavit alleged.

Winters, who said the truck was not his, said it had been parked there for several days and he was “just placing items he wanted to keep into the pickup” to gather them at a later date, the affidavit alleged.

Winters, who said he had not driven the pickup, said a friend, whose last name he didn’t know, had dropped him off at the trailer park at 3 am, the affidavit alleged.

A man at the trailer park told the deputy “the pickup was not there last night” and he had been awake since 5:30 am, the affidavit alleged.

“I went back to where the pickup was located and placed my hand on the hood and felt heat emitting form the engine bay, which leads me to believe the pickup had recently been driven,” the deputy wrote in his affidavit.

After the deputy found an OSU fuel card in the truck, an OSU employee arrived at 8:22 am and “confirmed this was the stolen vehicle,” after which Winters was arrested, the affidavit said.