Drumright felon suspected in slew of burglaries

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A Drumright man is facing burglary charges stemming from an incident that occurred nearly one year ago.

An arrest warrant has been issued for Stephen Ray Hearell, 32, of Drumright, on felony charges of burglarizing a rural Stillwater garage in the 6300 block on S. Perkins Road.

According to court records, Payne County Sheriff’s Deputy Scott Hopper had responded Aug. 7, 2019, after a homeowner reported that tools and wheels had been stolen from his garage after the perpetrators broke the automatic garage opener.

Two weeks later, according to police, the same garage was hit in the same manner. This time the thieves took a Toro zero-turn lawn mower valued between $3,500- 4,000.

Police said the suspects were caught this time on game cameras, which the homeowner had placed near his shop.

After reviewing the photos, police were able to identify Stephen Hearrell as one of the subjects because they reportedly had past dealings with him and that he is also suspected in other stolen property cases.

At the time of that incident, Hearrell was already facing charges in Creek County of knowingly receiving stolen property on Aug. 16, 2019. That property, according to investigators, had been taken from Pickens Real Estate and Auction in Stillwater.

Reported stolen in that theft was an HP laptop computer and charger, a Baofeng UV-5R scanner, a Uniden bearcat scanner, an auction trailer, P.A. system, two black cash drawers, two walkie talkies, two Brother printers, an Epson Printer/Coper XP-430, APC Back-ups NS1080, two Toshiba laptops, a Compac laptop, and a Kobalt toolbox.

That case was filed on Dec. 23, 2019, at which time Hearrell was also charged with committing a pattern of criminal offenses between July 26, 2019, and Aug. 16, 2019.

Hearrell was released from the Creek County Jail on Feb. 13 on a personal recognizance bond with an order to appear in Drug Court on Aug. 6.

On Jan. 2, 2020, Hearrell was charged in Creek County Court with two counts of second-degree burglary, one count of grand larceny, and one count of being a convicted felon in possession of a handgun.

He was suspected of breaking and entering into a detached garage in rural Creek County sometime between Oct. 24, 2019, and Nov. 24, 2019.

Hearrell is also accused of stealing a 2007 Sun Tracker 21-foot pontoon boat with a 2006 Mercury 60 HP motor from the same man in Creek County between Oct. 24, 2019, and Nov. 24, 2019.

Hearrell was also accused of breaking into a woman’s house through a sliding glass door on south Highway 99 in rural Drumright between Nov. 27, 2019, and Dec. 4, 2019.

Hearrell was also accused of possessing at his residence a Hi-Point handgun after having been convicted of concealing stolen property in Kingfisher County in 2012, for which he was placed on five years of probation in 2013.