Two people are behind bars and others are being sought in connection with a March 12 burglary/auto theft case that Sheriff Milton Anthony describes as based on “insider” information.
Traci Goodwin, 23, and David Johnston, 54, were taken into custody by Carter County deputies within days of the heist at a rural Lone Grove residence. Goodwin was charged by the district attorney’s office Monday with two counts of larceny of an auto and knowingly concealing stolen property. Johnston was charged with knowingly concealing stolen property and possession of methamphetamine. Both made initial appearances in Carter County District Court Monday. Bonds of $60,000 were attached to the charges against both defendants.
Anthony said the burglary, pulled off at a residence located in the 5400 block of Memorial Road, netted thieves a cache of electronics, jewelry and clothing, and the break-in also produced keys to a Ford Mustang and a truck.
Neither vehicle was at the residence at the time the burglars were pilfering the contents of the house. However, the fact the vehicles weren’t on the premises wasn’t a problem for the thieves, who knew where the truck and car were parked.
“The vehicles were stolen from the Michelin parking lot,” Anthony said, adding evidence indicated “Goodwin used to live at the house. She had moved out, but she knew where the extra keys to both vehicles were stashed, and where the car and the truck would be parked.”
While the truck has not been recovered, the Mustang was recovered after Ardmore police spotted it traveling on Veterans Boulevard.
“The vehicles had been entered into the National Crime Information Center. Ardmore officers chased the vehicle. The driver abandoned the car and escaped on foot. The car and several items stolen in the burglary were recovered,” the sheriff said. “In addition, several other items have been recovered from pawn shops, including one in Stephens County, and stolen property was recovered from Johnston’s house on state Highway 53.”
Late Tuesday afternoon, Goodwin and Johnston both remained jailed pending the posting of bond, and Anthony said the case was ongoing as the search for the additional members of the burglary ring continued.
Anyone with information regarding the case is urged to contact the Carter County Sheriff’s Department at (580) 223-6014.