Shortly after 4:30 A.M. on Saturday February 27th Deputy David Bussey was dispatched to a residence on NS 3540 Road in our county, reference a larceny in progress call. The victim told our dispatch her ATV was just stolen.
Deputy Bussey arrived on scene and after gathering information needed for the report, began looking for the ATV.
A few hours later another citizen called in informing us they were chasing two suspects, who had just ran into the woods.
Deputies with the Pottawatomie County Sheriff’s Office arrived and began to set up a perimeter in the area. A manhunt ensued for these suspects. Seminole County Sheriff’s Office, Absentee Shawnee Tribal Police, Seminole Nation Lighthorse Officers, and the Oklahoma Highway Patrol were called to mutual aid our Deputies with the manhunt.
Deputy Bussey and a Trooper were able to make contact with a male, who was running in the river. This suspect was later identified as David Curnett of Shawnee. Curnett did not follow commands from Deputies and the Trooper to stop, then ran back into a wood line.
After a a lengthily man hunt the suspects were not located and the ATV that was taken was returned to its owner.
Several hours later a call from a citizen about a suspicious male led to the capture of Christopher Cortez of Oklahoma City. Cortez admitted to his involvement in the larceny of the ATV and was transported to the Pottawatomie County Safety Center.
Around 10:00 P.M. after a day long manhunt David Curnett was taken into custody after stealing another ATV from a residence on Moccasin Trail Road. Deputies were able to locate a victim and return that ATV to them as well.
Cortez was charged with Grand Larceny, Knowingly concealing stolen property, Conspiracy to commit a felony, and Obstructing an officer. Cortez is being held on a $10,000.00 bond.
Curnett was charged with Two counts of Grand Larceny, Knowingly concealing stolen property, Obstructing an officer, and a Felony Warrant out of Pottawatomie County for Grand Larceny. Curnett is being held on a $15,000.00 bond for the charges stemming from incident and a $55,000.00 bond on his warrant.
Thanks to the hard work from Pottawatomie County Deputies and assisting agencies two suspects were taken into custody and property returned to its owners.
THESE ARE ARRESTS, NOT CONVICTIONS. ALL SUSPECTS ARE INNOCENT UNTIL PROVEN GUILTY.