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Three arrests in Ardmore oil equipment theft

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(Clockwise from top left) Keith Dean, Debra Dean and Staci Baumann were arrested on theft charges. (Carter County Sheriff) (Clockwise from top left) Keith Dean, Debra Dean and Staci Baumann were arrested on theft charges. (Carter County Sheriff)

ARDMORE, Okla. -- Three Carter County residents are now in jail, accused of stealing equipment from an oil field company site.

Deputies were called to Dead River Road in Ardmore the theft was reported by Dawson Geophysical, a Texas-based firm.

Keith and Debra Dean along with Staci Baumann were arrested on Sunday for allegedly taking a truck, trailer and ATV. The value of the stolen property was estimated at $85,000.

"They were stolen on location from the location that they were at. They also stole and cut off numerous catalytic converters that were on site," Sheriff Chris Bryant said.

While deputies were searching the suspects, they found various methamphetamine paraphernalia on one of the suspects. One of the was described as a syringe loaded with a crystal-like substance. 

"The only reason they're stealing it is to fund a habit they have, or try to make cash to fund the habit," the sheriff said. "It's always our mission to try to get as much drugs off the street as we possibly can. It's a continuous battle."

All the stolen items have been recovered and returned to their owner.

This crime is similar to another recent oil field equipment theft in Ratliff City. 

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