Ardmore Police were dispatched to the 800 block of 12th Street NW around 1:36 a.m. Wednesday in response to an alarm at a local business.
APD Cpl. Stuart Hofman responded. According to Hofman’s initial report, he observed a window on the north side of the building was busted out. The report also stated a cash drawer and product from the store were stolen in addition to the property damage.
APD Capt. Keith Ingle said four suspects were arrested as a result of the investigation into the incident.
“Some the property was recovered,” Ingle said. “These subjects are also suspects in a second burglary at a neighboring business.”
Those arrested in the case include Jeremy Kurt Lewis, Deandre Dayquan Walker, Leshundus Veykeymon Eackles and Larry Eugene Oliver.
Lewis, 21, was charged with burglary in the second degree in Carter County District Court this week. Lewis was out on bond awaiting trial set for the November 2018 jury docket call before the same court. Those charges include three felony counts of second degree burglary, a felony count for first degree robbery, and misdemeanor charges for assault and battery and knowingly concealing stolen property. Lewis’ cash bond was set at $10,000. Lewis was a three-star running back at Lone Grove High School in 2016 with scholarship offers from multiple colleges. In July 2016, The Ardmoreite reported Lewis had signed with the University of Tennessee as a running back. The Associated Press later reported Tennessee athletic department spokesman Ryan Robinson confirmed Lewis had left the team in November 2016 for undisclosed reasons.
Walker, 19, Eackles, 19, and Oliver 18, all of Ardmore, were each charged with a felony count of second degree burglary, each with a $10,000 bond set in the matter. The investigation is still ongoing.
After word spread of the burglary, some area residents expressed concern about the nature of one of the businesses affected - a CBD store. As the rollout of implementation of medical cannabis continues under scrutiny since Oklahoma voters came out in favor of State Question 788 in June, some questioned whether the addition of cannabis would bring more crime like this early Wednesday morning burglary. One of the victims, Jay Ashley, owner of CBD Plus, said he does not think this is the case. “Any business where there is a perception that there’s a lot of cash is a potential target for this kind of thing,” Ashley said. “T-shirt and coffee shops have been targeted, too. They want money, not t-shirts or coffee.”
Ashley said those who are saying ‘I told you so’ are misinformed. “It’s not about cannabis,” Ashley said. Ashley said APD has a tough job ahead of them in dealing with the city’s crime as a whole. “They did a wonderful job here,” Ashley said.