- Posted April 2, 2014 by
Police Sting Recovers Stolen Motorcycle
Shawnee, OK—Shawnee Police recovered a stolen motorcycle during a sting operation and arrested a suspect, Brandon Garrett Ashley, on complaints of larceny of a motor vehicle and possession of stolen property.
Thursday March 27 at 4:24 PM, surveillance video footage at Sehorn Yamaha captured a white male stealing a blue and white 2014 R1 motorcycle with California plates from the lot, according to the report.
The video showed three suspects arrive in a white Dodge Charger. A man and woman entered the store and a second man drove away on the bike, which had keys in the ignition. General Manager of Sehorn
Yamaha said the bikes were to be used for demo rides over the weekend.
Officer Greg Van Brundt responded to the complaint on Friday morning, and as he watched the video at Sehorn Yamaha, a sales associate said someone tried to sell a similar motorcycle to the one stolen at Sehorn to A&A Cycle in Oklahoma City, the report states. The clerk refused to purchase the bike but recorded the tag number to a white Dodge Charger, matching the description of the suspect vehicle. As the man left the store, the clerk noticed another man and a woman were in the vehicle.
Upon investigation Van Brundt ascertained the Dodge Charger was a rental car, registered to Paige Lynzy Cranford, also known as Lynzy Hickey, and learned she listed an address at 1901 W. MacArthur St.
During routine patrol on Saturday, Van Brundt spotted the suspect vehicle at 1840 W. Wiley. Van Brundt and Sgt. Bordeuax questioned Hickey and a Chris Ashley who alleged his brother, Brandon Ashley, had stolen the motorcycle and was at a residence in Oklahoma City.
Chris also reported the bike had been repainted a flat black. Cranford and Ashley agreed to assist police in a plan to recover the stolen bike and help arrest the suspect.
Van Brundt, Cpl. Gonzales and Cpl. James Wood set up a sting operation to recover the bike. Gonzales posed as a buyer to Brandon Ashley over the phone. Brandon and Chris Ashley agreed to meet at the Grand Casino Hotel and Resort gas station parking lot before meeting the buyer at Chris Ashley’s apartment at 1901 W. MacArthur, according to the report.
Gonzales and Wood followed Chris Ashley to the gas station and witnessed a man matching Brandon Ashley’s description drive up on a black motorcycle. When Brandon arrived at the apartment, Cpl. Stafford and Van Brundt were waiting inside the apartment. Brandon Ashley was found to have the key to the stolen motorcycle in his pocket.
Brandon Ashely was taken to Pott. Co. Safety Center where he was booked on larceny of a motor vehicle and possession of stolen property. Sehorn Yamaha recovered the vehicle.
The report also stated that during an interview with Van Brundt at the PCSC on Sunday, Brandon Ashley said he asked Chris Ashley and Lynzy Cranford to take him to look at bikes. He stated he found the vehicle with the keys in the ignition and that he was high on drugs for the last couple of days and without thinking, hopped on and rode away.