Two Ada people were arrested Sunday for allegedly stealing property from several residences and vehicles.
Arrested were 38-year-old Clarence Darrel Fuller III and 39-year-old Jessica Chauntelle Barnes, both of Ada.
Police were called to a hotel in the 400 block of Northeast Richardson Loop at 2:11 p.m. Sunday.
“The (caller) from the hotel advised that a male and female, later identified as Clarence Fuller and Jessica Barnes, had just checked out of the hotel and were attempting to hide their belongings on the back side of the motel,” Ada Police Officer Michael Lindsey said in a report.
Lindsey located Fuller and Barnes in a grocery store in the 1600 block of North Broadway Avenue.
“I was advised by dispatch that Fuller had several warrants for his arrest through Pontotoc County, and I placed him under arrest,” Lindsey said. “I then transported Fuller to Mercy Hospital due to him having a cut on his left palm, which he received the night before.”
Other officers responded to the motel after staff complained drug paraphernalia was found in the room where Fuller and Barnes had stayed.
“Officer (Roy) Musser was not able to find any drugs in the room,” Lindsey said. “Only a few (syringe) caps.”
Police searched the area behind the motel where motel staff said Fuller and Barnes stashed their belongings and discovered several items that were reported earlier Sunday had been stolen from residences and vehicles in the 800 and 900 blocks of Howard Street.
Police met with a resident who reported a Craftsman tool box and a Plano tackle box stolen. He identified the items, which were returned to him.
Police visited other residents on the street who had reported items stolen, and returned those items as well.
Police returned a black bag containing paperwork and a cellphone to a resident.
“While Officer Musser was releasing the property to the victims, he was approached by (another resident on Howard Street) who advised that he too had some property taken (Saturday) night, but hadn’t made a report yet,” Lindsey said. “(The resident) advised he had a tan and white Mongoose bike stolen. Officer Musser knew that matched the description of one of the bikes (located at the motel).”
The man identified the bike as belonging to his son.
All items were returned to their rightful owners. Lindsey said officers also discovered numerous burglary tools among the items found behind the motel.
Barnes was arrested and taken to the Pontotoc County Justice Center. Lindsey said Barnes filled out a statement saying she and Fuller had stayed overnight at the hotel and that she never left the hotel.
“(She said) in the middle of the night, she woke up and noticed that Fuller was gone,” Lindsey said. “Barnes stated she walked around the hotel trying to find him but later went back to the room and went back to sleep.”
Barnes was arrested on suspicion of possession of stolen property. Fuller was arrested on suspicion of having warrants, second-degree burglary, concealing stolen property and possession of burglary tools.
On Monday, Barnes was interviewed by Detective Kathi Johnston.
“During the interview, Barnes stated that she was in the hotel room the whole night and Fuller was the only one that left the hotel,” Lindsey said. “Barnes decided to change her story once Detective Johnston told her that they were attempting to get video from the hotel and asked if we would see her leaving the hotel that night, with Fuller. Barnes stated that she did leave with Fuller only one time that night where they went to (Howard Street) looking for a bicycle, even though they had two of their own at the motel. Barnes stated they ended up taking a black utility cart that was sitting next to one of the houses, a black bag from a vehicle, a Craftsman tool box and tackle box from another vehicle and a rototiller that she thinks came from the bed of a pickup as well.”
Lindsey said detectives attempted to interview Fuller, but he refused to speak with them.