By: Patti Weaver
(Stillwater, Okla.) — A woman, who is on probation for possessing a stolen vehicle in Stroud, passing a forged check in Perkins, and harboring a fugitive in Payne County, has been charged with test-driving a 2010 Chrysler owned by Regal Car Sales in Stillwater and failing to bring it back.
An arrest warrant has been issued for Ruby Irene Kuhlenschmidt, 38, of Stillwater, who drove the $13,285 car from Stillwater to Ripley, Cushing and Drumright, according to its GPS, a police affidavit alleged.
Kuhlenschmidt, who has also been known by the surname of Skinner, has been sought by authorities for more than a week, but has not yet appeared in Payne County District Court on the felony charge of unauthorized use of a vehicle, court records show.
Stillwater Police Officer Charles Rivas was sent at 1:09 p.m. on Aug. 2 to Regal Car Sales at 1004 E. 6th Avenue, according to his affidavit.
The reporting party said that Kuhlenschmidt “came in and told him she was looking to purchase a vehicle,” the affidavit alleged.
The reporting party said “he told her that he would need proof of residency and proof of income. He told me she told him her address is 1324 S. Husband and that he could call her boss and he would fax her proof of income,” the affidavit alleged.
“Ruby then told him that while he did that she was going to take the car for a test drive,” which she did at about 10:20 a.m. and was supposed to return by 10:45 a.m., the affidavit alleged.
The reporting party said he waited until 1 p.m. “before calling the police to give Ruby time to return with the vehicle,” that was equipped with GPS showing it was driven to Ripley and Cushing, the affidavit alleged.
When the reporting party pinged the vehicle again to see where it was currently located, he said it was now in Drumright, the affidavit alleged.
“He did a google search of the area in which the vehicle was located according to the GPS. He told me the vehicle is in the country at a house,” where he believed the vehicle was to be stripped down, the officer wrote in his affidavit.
The silver 2010 Chrysler 300 was equipped with 22-inch chrome wheels and a chrome grill and a had used dealer tag 7685-009, the affidavit alleged. He said there was about a quarter tank of gas in the vehicle, the affidavit alleged.
The reporting party said that the female shown on the driver’s license was the same woman who handed it to him, the affidavit alleged.
According to court records, Kuhlenschmidt had previously been convicted of:
* possessing a stolen vehicle in Stroud in 2018 for which she was originally given a three-year deferred sentence that was changed in March of this year for a probation violation to a three-year suspended sentence except 60 days in the Lincoln County Jail;
* passing a forged check in Perkins in 2016 for which she was given a two-year suspended sentence with an order to pay $342 in restitution and to have a substance abuse evaluation in 2017, which was modified six months later to include mental health treatment until released by her counselor, but that sentence was changed in 2018 for a probation violation to six months in the Payne County Jail, after which eight months later she admitted again violating her probation for which she was ordered to return to court for sentencing on Sept. 24 of this year;
* harboring a fugitive in Payne County in 2005 for which she was originally given probation that was changed in 2010 to a 10-year suspended sentence with Drug Court, which she completed in 2011, but six years later she admitted violating her probation again and her sentence was modified to include mental health treatment, only the following year to again violate probation for which she was given a six-month jail term in 2018, but again in May of this year she admitted to violating her probation for which she was ordered to return to court for sentencing on Sept. 24 on this year.
According to Noble County court records, Kuhlenschmidt was also charged in 2017 with possessing drugs with intent to distribute in Perry, but that case was dismissed by a judge after a preliminary hearing.