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“Stop, Thief!”

ThiefMaskFaceGraphicStck-DailyBusinessNewsMHProNews420x486News of a theft in Purcell, Oklahoma, indicate arrest warrants are outstanding for a man and woman charged in McClain County District Court with knowingly concealing stolen property.

Tana S. Lang, 41, and Michael G. Slay, 43, are accused of stealing appliances from a model home on the Mid-State Manufactured Housing retail sales center during a June burglary.

A Whirlpool refrigerator, range and dishwasher were taken.

According to the Purcell Register, in October, Detective Sargent Scott Stephens with the Purcell Police Department, received information the pair had committed the burglary and stored the stolen appliances in a barn.

When contacted by police, the property owner confirmed Lang and Slay stored items in one of his barns.

Stephens and Detective Sargent Todd Carpenter received the owner’s permission to search the barn and found the range and dishwasher, according to the affidavit.

Once complete, Stephens obtained a search warrant for Lang’s residence. When he served the warrant, Lang reportedly told the detective the refrigerator was in a storage unit she rented.

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Appliance and decor thefts are among the challenges that manufactured home retailers and communities face. Image credit: AJ Madison.

Police recovered the refrigerator from the unit.  For the law-abiding, this might seem to be a strange-but-true story.

For those in the manufactured home retail business, they know all-too-well how common this kind of theft can be; it’s catching the thief that’s the good news.

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