Deputies: Bob Stoops Burglary Suspect Attempts Escape

Wednesday, July 10th 2013, 11:01 pm
By: News 9

A juvenile suspect accused of breaking into the mansion of OU football coach Bob Stoops tried to escape from a detention center, according to deputies and court documents.

The Cleveland County Sheriff's Office says the teen's girlfriend, 20-year-old Paige Nicole Maurey, orchestrated the breakout attempt. Police say Maurey recruited four juveniles to help her free the suspect from the A.J. Couch Center at 1650 W. Tecumseh Rd. in Norman.

"You do not hear about this situation very often," Meghan McCormick with the Cleveland County Sheriff's Office said.

Stoops' home was burglarized on June 19, according to police. While family members were in the home at the time, Stoops was in Kansas when the burglary occurred. Officers zeroed in on a suspect after they say he bragged about the burglary at a party.

Maurey told deputies she received a call from her boyfriend at the detention center. She tells investigators that he asked her for help, but an employee at the center foiled the couple's plan, according to court records.

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"[The employee] saw one of the juveniles peaking around the corner, and that's what alerted him," McCormick said.

Police say Maurey admitted to planning on using hedge trimmers to break through a chain-linked fence outside the detention center. The team was found with bandanas used to cover their faces. Maurey was arrested and spent her 20th birthday in jail.

Officials say the minors who assisted Maurey will not be prosecuted. They were eventually released to their parents. Maurey bonded out of jail Monday. She's been charged with unauthorized entry into a penal institution.

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