Guthrie Man Accused Of Using Stolen Police Radios
GUTHRIE, Oklahoma - Police showed up to serve a warrant at 19-year-old Jared Joslin's home on South Pine in Guthrie. Outside, Sgt. Anthony Gibbs said there were surveillance cameras. Inside, body camera footage showed a big screen television with their feeds.
Emergency services radio could be heard blaring in the background coming from a cabinet.
A probable cause affidavit said the radio was hooked up to a separate large speaker.
According to the probable cause affidavit, it wasn't the only one. Investigators found "a large amount of radios,” some programmed to different police frequencies.
A serial number confirmed at least one of them was stolen from the Logan County Sheriff's Office, the affidavit said.
“He has an obsession with law enforcement and what we do and once they get to that point of stealing equipment and the things that he had, it’s kind of concerning,” said Logan County Sheriff Damon Devereaux.
On top of that, investigators said Joslin posed as Guthrie Fire Chief Eric Harlow to get into the City's GeoSafe system. It’s a program with officer location information and other sensitive content.
“This particular breach was disturbing to us,” said Sgt. Gibbs. “It seemed, not easy, but possible for somebody to gain access to this system. So we’re taking that into consideration on whether or not to use that system going forward in the future.”
GeoSafe sent the following statement:
“We received an email to our support line from someone impersonating the Guthrie Fire Chief. Our support staff member responded to the email but did not follow our standard protocol to verify the authenticity of the password reset request. This allowed the person to gain access to the account. Once we became aware of the breach, we immediately locked out the account and notified the Guthrie Fire Department. The breach only affected their agency and not any other agencies. We have retrained our staff on our security procedures and are implementing further security controls to prevent such incidents from happening again.”
-Moshe Gutman CEO GeoSafe
Joslin told police he had the radios because he wanted to be an officer. “I want to pull people over and go on bank robberies,” he said.