ADA — Ada resident Jack Vines, 82, said Sunday morning was busy and traffic was heavy when he filled his car with gas at BJ’s Quick Stop, 1000 N. Country Club, about 11 a.m. Nov. 19. As Vines was returning to his vehicle after paying for his purchase, a man in his 30s jumped into his 1999 Oldsmobile Cutlass and drove south on Country Club Rd.

“Hey that’s my car,” Vines said. But prison escapee Ricky Arvil Webb Jr. didn’t acknowledge Vines as he fled the station.

“I went back inside and the girls at BJ’s called 911 to report my car stolen,” said Vines, “I watched him go south on Country Club toward Arlington, and I had my tag number to tell central dispatch.”

Ada Police Officer Michael Jackson heard dispatch describe the stolen vehicle and spotted it as he went past the stolen car.

“I turned around and got behind the vehicle and had central check the registration. Central advised me that the car was the one that was just stolen from BJ’s,” Jackson said in his police report.

Jackson pulled the vehicle over at the intersection of Mississippi and Arlington. Webb was taken into custody without incident.

Jackson said Webb told him he stole the car from BJ’s because he needed a ride back home near Shawnee. Webb allegedly told Jackson he needed medicine and had lost contact with friends that brought him to Ada. He told Jackson he saw the keys in the vehicle, jumped in and took off.

Jackson had central dispatch run a criminal history on Webb and found he had a wanted notice posted from Oklahoma Department of Corrections for escape from the Union City Correction Center.

“Webb was listed as a walk-away at 8:30 a.m. on Nov. 8 from the Union City Correction Center, one of the prisons with a low level of security. He will be arraigned in the district court and face charges for the escape from a correctional facility,” said Jerry Massie, Department of Corrections public information officer.

Webb was booked in the city jail on charges of larceny of an auto, possession of stolen property, no driver’s license, and fugitive from justice. The undamaged vehicle was released back to the owner.