January 3, 2014
A Shawnee man arrested several times in 2013 for area burglary cases and charged with numerous felonies now faces additional counts for a burglary of a city manager's garage, which occurred while the suspect was out of jail on bond, records show.
The latest felony charges filed in Pottawatomie County District Court show Anthony Ray Smith, 30, is charged with second-degree burglary and is accused of breaking and entering into a garage owned by Tecumseh City Manager Jimmy Stokes, charges show.
In connection with that case, Smith also faces three new counts of false declaration of ownership in pawn, all felonies, for pawning items allegedly stolen from Stokes' garage.
Tecumseh police reported they were able to identify Smith as a suspect in the case because of the nationwide search capabilities of LeadsOnline, a system used by law enforcement to track stolen property. More than 50 agencies in Oklahoma and more than 2,750 agencies nationwide use LeadsOnline to search for stolen property that may have been sold at secondhand stores, pawn shops, Internet drop off stores, or scrap metal recyclers.
Tecumseh Assistant Police Chief J.R. Kidney, in previous reports, said Smith allegedly cut the electricity before burglarizing the detached garage on Sept. 21. Tecumseh police worked with the Shawnee Police Department to identify Smith as a suspect from a similar burglary that took place in Shawnee, Kidney said, then LeadsOnline alerted Tecumseh police in November when the suspect allegedly sold some of the stolen property to a business in Shawnee.
After questioning Smith, affidavits show Tecumseh police received a full confession and police were able to recover all $3,000 worth of property stolen from Stokes' garage. According to Tecumseh police, Smith claimed he was stealing and selling the property in order to pay for his bond from a previous burglary charge, a report shows.
In that matter, Smith was arrested by Shawnee police in early 2013 and charged with 11 felony counts following that investigation, which cleared numerous burglaries as Shawnee police logged more than 100 items of stolen property into evidence. Smith also faces charges in other cases filed in 2013.
In total, Smith currently has five different felony cases with 19 counts awaiting adjudication in Pottawatomie County District Court, along with a 2012 case on drug-related charges.
Smith remains jailed in the Pottawatomie County Public Safety Center, where he's held on numerous bonds.