Saturday, January 14, 2017

Oklahoma: Ninety-year-old man grateful to have his dog back after he was stolen along with his pickup truck

OKLAHOMA -- A 90-year-old man is happy to have his dog and his truck back following a theft and police pursuit.

It all began at the R and J's diner in the small town of Ringling, Oklahoma at 6:30 a.m. Thursday.


"Well, I went to eat breakfast. Went in there and sat down for 30 minutes to come out, and the pickup wasn't there," says truck and dog owner, Guy Kerley.

Hours later, Lone Grove Chief of Police Robert Oldham says he spotted the stolen truck.

"I passed the truck at Meridian and 70 and got in behind it, and that's when we knew it was the stolen vehicle," said Chief Oldham.

"And then we got word from Lone Grove that they had the vehicle stopped and pursued the suspect," said Ringling Chief of Police Cliff Boswell.

After reaching speeds up to 100 miles per hour, Hammons ditched the truck in Ardmore, Oklahoma and hid in the wooded area nearby.

Kerley says that's not the only thing Hammons stole from him.

"Had the dog in the car and he dumped the dog out in Healdton," said Kerley

Kerley's family found his dog, Lady, at the animal shelter in Healdton, unharmed and now resting at home.


"That dog was sure glad to see me when she got back," says Kerley. "She just came running, made me feel better."

"We're thankful it turned out like it has. We got the dog back first and now we're gonna get the truck," says Kerley's daughter, Jolene Mullikin.


Officers were able to arrest the suspect, Thurman Hammons, around 1:30 Thursday afternoon after law enforcement say they saw the suspect jump a fence.

Hammons is currently booked in the Carter County jail. He's been charged with theft of an automobile and eluding officers, but police say more charges might be pending against him.

(KNOE - Jan 13, 2017)

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