By: Patti Weaver
(Stillwater, Okla.) — A 38-year-old man, allegedly pictured on video going into his estranged wife’s house in Stillwater and stealing surveillance cameras, has been ordered to appear in court this week on burglary and grand larceny charges, court records show.
If convicted of both counts, Jacob Timothy White, 38, of Oklahoma City, who remains free on $5,000 bail, could be imprisoned for up to 15 years, court records show.
His estranged wife obtained an emergency protective order the next day against White and filed for divorce three days later, court records show.
In her protective order petition, the woman alleged “my estranged husband has threatened to and attempted to murder me within the past 10 days.”
“Yesterday, 3-10-19, he kicked in my front door at 7:59 p.m. My children and I were on our way home from Oklahoma City and were running an hour behind; otherwise we would have been home. This was caught on film by the video surveillance system I installed 3-6-19. I installed this because 3-2-19, he broke into my home while I was there alone.
“He strangled me twice, taunted me with a loaded revolver and handcuffs and repeatedly told me he would kill me and then himself. He also took my kitchen knives and mutilated my sofa. He strangled me in July 2018. That was the first time he had done this. It happened at our home in Oklahoma City and I immediately moved out, back to Stillwater and we have been separated since then.
“In January 2019, we agreed to officially end our marriage. Since that tine, Jacob has become increasingly unstable and his desperation to maintain control over me has led to extreme violence. I believe Jacob is going to kill me. He may even kill me after a protective order is issued,” she wrote in her EPO application.
White was arrested at 9:17 p.m. on March 10 at Highway 33 and Western Road after Perkins Police Officer William Bowen stopped his vehicle, according to an affidavit by Stillwater Police Officer Christopher Hummel.
Stillwater police had been sent to the woman’s home about an hour earlier regarding a burglary in progress, which she saw “via her surveillance system cell phone application,” an affidavit alleged.
Two Stillwater officers attempted to find White, but were unsuccessful; however after a broadcast was sent to the Payne County Sheriff’s Office, White was stopped on the highway by the Perkins officer, an affidavit alleged.
“Based on the surveillance videos, screenshots captured, and damage inside the residence, it appeared that Jacob forcibly made entry into the residence via the locked front door,” which had a shoeprint on the outside and a broken inside door frame, the affidavit alleged.
“Jacob removed and kept a surveillance camera that was located in the top northwest corner of the patio,” before taking a second surveillance camera in the living room, the affidavit alleged.
“Jacob also took the surveillance system transmitter box,” that was plugged into an electrical outlet in the living room, the affidavit alleged.
The Perkins officer “located a black Blink surveillance camera on Jacob’s person while conducting a pat-down,” the affidavit alleged. A Stillwater officer saw a red bicycle in the backseat of White’s vehicle and overheard the Perkins officer mention a large rug in the trunk of White’s vehicle, the affidavit alleged.
The woman said that her bicycle, an area rug, and a day pack had all been removed from her living room, the affidavit alleged.
She “told us that she was extremely scared of Jacob due to his anger and substance abuse issues. She said that there have been incidents of abuse in the past that possibly happened in Oklahoma City and/or were never reported to law enforcement,” the Stillwater officer alleged in his affidavit.