A former Cyril civil servant is facing two misdemeanor charges of petit larceny and an additional misdemeanor charge of knowingly concealing stolen property. The charges stem from the recent conclusion of an investigation by the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation.
Former Cyril Police Chief Alvin Pickens was booked into Caddo County Jail Aug. 3 and released on a $2,500 bond pending upcoming court appearances set for Oct. 18 and Oct. 28.
OSBI Public Information Officer Brook Arbeitman said the investigation was conducted at the request of District 6 District Attorney Jason Hicks.
“The DA requested that we investigate alleged misconduct,” Arbeitman said Wednesday. “(As a result of the investigation), an arrest warrant for Alvin Pickens was issued on July 29, 2021.”
Pickens surrendered to authorities Tuesday, Aug. 3.
Pickens resigned from his post as Cyril’s police chief in July while under investigation by Cyril police and OSBI. Shortly after his surrender to authorities on Aug. 3, the Cyril Police Department posted a photo and account of his surrender on the department’s public Facebook page — a common practice in Cyril and communities across Oklahoma. A short while after making the post, it disappeared from public view. It is unclear whether the post was deleted or simply hidden from public view, or who ordered the action to be taken. Numerous other posts chronicling the arrest and/or wanted status of suspects remain on the department’s public Facebook page.
Pickens is next scheduled to appear in Caddo County District Court at 9 a.m. Oct. 18 and Oct. 28, respectively.