ADA — A call to Crime Stoppers gave authorities the help they needed to locate Michael Kelly Calvert, 21, charged in the August 2005 strong-arm robbery of the General Store on Cradduck Road.

Calvert has eluded police for more than a year, frequently visiting Ada and leaving for various places in Texas and New Mexico, according to investigators. “The tip called in to Crime Stoppers will be rewarded,” said Ada Police Detective Shane Jones.

Calvert was found hiding in a bedroom after officers obtained a warrant to search 1100 S. Belmont. After his arrest, Calvert admitted to officers he knew he was being sought and operated mainly at night to avoid capture.

Calvert was identified by witnesses in the robbery through a photo lineup the night the crime occurred. Officers made an arrest of Alfred Dean Calvert, 36, Ada, when he returned to his residence on Highland. Alfred, Michael Calvert’s uncle, denied any involvement with the robbery and was allowed to bond out of jail within a week of his arrest.

Witnesses told Ada police officers Aug. 14, 2005, Alfred Calvert was sitting in a vehicle at the store’s drive thru window while Michael Calvert went inside the store and robbed them. A clerk at the convenience store told officers he was helping a customer who paid for purchases with a handful of change at the drive thru window when another person opened the front cash register.

The clerk said he heard the suspect with the money from the cash register in his hand, who the clerk later identified as Michael Calvert, say “I’m jacking this.” The clerk said Calvert left the store on foot running east between the Gemini Twin and the storage buildings on Stadium Dr.

Officers learned the suspect was picked up by someone in a gold colored Chrysler in the 1000 block of S. Highland. A witness said the vehicle then parked in the 800 block of S. Highland where residents told officers that one of the individuals living at the house had recently been released from prison.

Alfred Dean Calvert was later arrested in connection with the crime. However, police were unable to locate Michael Kelly Calvert. A warrant was issued for Michael’s arrest and his bond set at $25,000. That amount has been revoked due to risk of escape, according to Jones.

Shortly after Michael Calvert’s arrest, Ada Police Det. Tracy Jackson spoke with Leanne Ryan, the woman accused of harboring the fugitive.

“She indicated she would turn herself in Friday afternoon,” said Jones. “She has not shown up yet, and fellow workers at the salon where she operates said she left in a hurry after speaking with Detective Jackson.”

“Sgt. Lynn Haines, Patrolman Kathi Johnston, Officer Shannon Butler, Detective Tracy Jackson, and Officer Jeremy O’Brien and members of the district attorney’s drug task force did the surveillance of the house and searched the premises finding Calvert and apprehending him. They deserve credit for a job well done,” said Jones.

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