A Muldrow man was arrested Aug. 29 on suspicion of larceny of an automobile, a felony, records show.
A Sequoyah County Sheriff’s deputy responded Aug. 29 to a call about a stolen vehicle. When he contacted the vehicle’s owner, Donald Allen, the man told officers that Jester C. McKinney, 32, wanted to trade a Chevrolet pickup and a 28-foot ski boat for Allen’s 2008 Dodge Avenger.
Allen picked up McKinney for a test drive, but the car ran out of gas. They pulled the disabled vehicle into a driveway and Allen spoke with the homeowner to explain what had happened. Allen said the homeowner then asked McKinney to leave the property.
McKinney began walking north on 4760 Road in Sequoyah County, still carrying the keys to Allen’s Avenger. When Allen asked for the keys back, McKinney reportedly said “no, it’s my car,” then took off running from the scene.
Allen said he and McKinney had not entered into any type of agreement on the trade and he provided officers with the vehicle’s title and a bill of sale on the car dated for May 4, 2019.
When deputies went to McKinney’s residence to locate the stolen vehicle, they found the Avenger parked in the driveway of McKinney’s home. McKinney was subsequently arrested.
When he was being transported to the Sequoyah County Jail, McKinney reportedly started to cry and told the deputy he wanted to explain his side of the situation.
Though the deputy told McKinney he couldn’t ask him any questions because McKinney had told him he didn’t understand his Miranda rights, McKinney continued talking, telling the deputy the car was his and he was just getting his vehicle back. He urged the deputy to release him and take him home because it was his wife’s vehicle and he was “just taking it back.”
The larceny charge is punishable by up to five years in the Department of Corrections, a fine equal to three times the value of the property that was stolen or both.
Laura Brown, KXMX Staff Writer
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