LAWTON - Comanche County court records show that a warrant of arrest was issued Wednesday, Sept. 2, for a 27-year-old Lawton man linked to recent crimes in Elgin.
A criminal felony was filed in Comanche County on Friday, Aug. 28, against David Eric Brown, listing five separate counts. The charge lists three separate counts of burglary in the third degree and two separate counts of unauthorized use of a credit card.
Elgin Police Department documents show that three local residents reported to the EPD that their vehicles had been burglarized on Saturday, Aug. 22. Items listed as stolen include several credit/debit cards and various forms of identification. Another resident close by had security video of a male attempting to enter their vehicle parked in the driveway, police documentation shows. The video was given to the EPD.
According to the police report, Brown was driving from Lawton to Oklahoma City when he and two other passengers ran into car trouble. Unable to pay for the vehicle repairs, Brown resorted to burglary.
“Brown stated that they didn’t have any money, so they decided to go 'car hopping.' Brown stated that they all parked the silver in color Jeep on the side of a house in a residential neighborhood,” the police report said.
Some victims' homes were on Uvon Lane and all reported they had unauthorized purchases made on their accounts. “Brown stated he entered at least four vehicles and searched inside. Brown stated most of the other vehicles were empty and some were locked but he specifically stated he took a wallet that contained some credit cards and military identification cards from a vehicle,” the police report said.
A witness was able to provide officers with video footage capturing the suspect attempting to break into her husband’s vehicle, which was parked outside their residence at Wisteria Lane.
Items such as debit cards, military ID, Social Security card, tax-exempt card, Oklahoma license, and other assorted cards were taken from the three victim’s vehicles.
It was noted in the police report that all victims were still waiting for detailed transaction history to be run on their stolen cards. However, several purchases had already been made at various locations and amounts, using the stolen property.
Records show that Brown was arrested on Sunday, Aug. 23, in Chickasha at the Walmart for unrelated crimes in Elgin. “The clothing that Brown was wearing at the time of the arrest was compared to the security camera footage from [a] residence was an exact match,” the EPD report said. As his property was processed during the Grady County booking, a wallet was found in his pocket containing IDs from Elgin. The Chickasha police officer that arrested Brown contacted the victims to verify the stolen property, documents show. EPD officer Ralph Parsons went to the Grady County Detention Center to interview Brown. Brown admitted that he and two others had "car hopped" in Elgin.
Grady County court records show Brown was charged with two criminal misdemeanors, obstructing an officer and larceny of merchandise in Chickasha. His bond was set at $2,500. He was appointed an attorney through the Oklahoma Indigent Defense System and a Grady County disposition hearing was set for Oct. 2 at 8:30 a.m.
The warrant for arrest on Brown's Comanche County charges was filed Wednesday, Sept. 2.