By Randy Mitchell
ADA — Ada police have arrested four people recently in connection with several burglaries in Ada.
Dustin Hoots, 22, Bradley Ray Batchelor, 27, Freddie Shane Nickell, 30, and Philip Austin Morris, 29, were arrested in connection with several burglaries which took place over Valentine’s Day weekend.
Ada Police Detective Kathi Johnston said she located a piece of stolen jewelry, and questioning led to further questioning of several people, and finally to the suspects.
The burglaries occurred the night of Feb. 14 and involved several businesses in the 400 block of E. 10th. The burglars hit American Pawn, Carson Heat and Air, Kellogg Electric, Wise Owl Thrift Shop and a records storage building owned by Valley View Regional Hospital.
The largest theft was from American Pawn where jewelry, cash, and guns were taken. The guns — 21 in all — were pistols, rifles and shotguns.
Johnston said the burglaries were reportedly committed to get items to sell and trade for drugs.
She said majority of the tools were recovered along with a small percentage of jewelry but no guns.
“We were told by some of the individuals arrested that most of the jewelry was sold in Oklahoma City to a place that would just melt it down,” Johnston said. “I found some of the jewelry at pawn shops in Oklahoma City, but most of it is history.”
Johnston said Hoots confessed to the burglaries during an interview.
“Hoots said he and Brad Batchelor did the burglary and later took approximately 10 of the guns to Shane Nickell’s house in Oklahoma City,” Johnston said. “Hoots said Nickell traded the guns and (some) jewelry to the Mexican gang, the Southside Locos for drugs.”
Hoots and Batchelor were arrested on suspicion of second-degree burglary and Nickell and Morris were arrested on suspicion of possession of stolen property. Bonds were set at $100,000 each. Johnston said further arrests are possible.