ATM cash burglary was quick, so was capture of four young adults
Just after midnight Christmas, in the early hours of Monday, a security alarm sounded for the ATM at Legacy Bank, at the south end of Marlow on US-81. Within four minutes, the machine had been broken into and $25,820 was allegedly stolen, said Marlow Captain Tony Aguilera.
An unknown observer in the area had also called 911, and Marlow Police Officers Ronny Smith and Corey Loftice quickly responded.
“The witness observed the car leaving,” Aguilera said. Smith and Loftice caught up to the vehicle, a 2012 red Camaro, and activated their emergency lights. The driver pulled into the parking lot at the Y, without any pursuit. There were three 18-year-olds, the driver was female with no criminal background. There was also a 16-year-old male juvenile. The individuals were from Lawton.
“Our night shift did a fantastic job,” Aguilera said. Marlow Police received assistance from Duncan, Stephens County Sheriff’s Office, and Comanche was enroute to assist, he said.
“Our officers recovered all but $100,” he said. Aguilera said the entire car and ATM had been searched and that it was likely the missing money was lost in the process.
Aguilera said two of the individuals are Native American and were turned over to Lighthorse Police. The juvenile was released into the custody of his parents. The alleged crime burglary in the second degree is a felony. The evidence has been turned over to the District Attorney's office.
*Derrick Chasenah and Dallas Chasenah are being charged through the tribal courts for grand larceny, conspiracy and other crimes.
Thanks to an unidentified caller for alerting us to this alleged crime. We appreciate your tips for stories.
We will update this article when more information is released. It will also appear in our Jan. 5, 2023 printed edition.
*Editor's note 1/5/2023: Names have been added to this original article and the amount recovered has been adjusted.
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