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Hundreds of Shopping Carts Stolen for Scrap in Northwest Oklahoma City
OKLAHOMA CITY, OK-- Shop for groceries along Northwest 23rd Street in Oklahoma City, and it might take longer for you to find a cart these days. Businesses in the area say thieves have been stealing shopping carts and scrapping them for cash.
"It makes me angry," said George Worley, who lives near Crest Foods.
Worley says he believes his neighbor, a man known as "Teddy," is to blame. Another woman, who asked not to be identified showed Fox-25 pictures of Teddy's truck loaded with several shopping carts from Wal-Mart and Crest Foods. She says Teddy claims he works for Wal-Mart, but picks up shopping carts from area businesses without consent from management.
"He acts like he's doing a service," she said, "but he's really stealing from the people he says that he works for."
Wal-Mart declined to comment, but the managers at Crest Foods released this statement:
"We have lost over 300 carts in the last year. The problem it causes is that our customers have to wait until we can bring more carts from our lot. It has become a hassle. We strive to do our best to keep up with demand.
Managers at Crest Foods say each of their steel carts cost about $300 each. When you do the math, Crest Foods on NW 23rd has lost about $90,000 in stolen shopping carts.
"It's wrong to do this," said Worley.
Fox-25 stopped by Teddy's apartment to find out what he had to say about the accusations his neihgbors made against him, but he slammed the door when our crews asked him about the stolen shopping carts.
As businesses like Crest Foods work to catch the thief taking their steel carts, neighbors worry Teddy's alleged actions will cause a dent on everyone else's pocketbook as they shop for groceries.
"We just can't afford it," said Worley.
Oklahoma City Police say anyone caught stealing grocery carts could face larceny charges. If you see a pick-up truck carrying grocery carts with an Oklahoma License plate number 228DMT, call police.
Posted: Monday, March 11 2013, 09:34 PM CDT
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Okla. grand jury returns new charges on ex-judge
May 23, 2013 23:32 GMT
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- Oklahoma's multicounty grand jury has returned new indictments against a former Lincoln County judge who already faces embezzlement and cattle theft charges.
The grand jury handed up the indictments Thursday against 47-year-old Craig S. Key of Chandler.
Key turned himself in last month to Lincoln County authorities who set bond at $10,000.
One indictment accuses Key of harboring a fugitive by allegedly encouraging a client facing criminal charges in Lincoln and Jefferson counties to flee the state to avoid prosecution.
Another charges Key with five counts of delivery of a forged note and accuses him of forging the name of a woman whose signature was required on escrow account checks that Key was also required to sign.
Key's attorney, Cheryl Ramsey of Stillwater, says the additional indictments are no surprise.
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