A man is behind bars at the Seminole County Jail, accused of possessing around $215,000 worth of stolen property.
Kyle Gouker, 47, was arrested on complaints of knowingly concealing stolen property.
According to Seminole County Undersheriff Matt Haley, the stolen property recovered is being linked back to as far away as Oklahoma City and Union City.
On February 23, the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office received a report from a homeowner who claimed a nearby neighbor had stolen a backhoe.
Haley said he then got the sheriff’s office drone in the air to snap photos of the stolen backhoe on Gouker’s property.
Following four search warrants, it turns out that was just the beginning.
“There was a 20 ft. grizzly tracker boat, brand new had been stolen from Cabela’s in Oklahoma City that was out here,” said Haley. “Numerous trailers, mowers, tools, we had finish mowers. A lot of items stolen from tractor supply here in Seminole, as well as the tractor supply in Shawnee.
Haley said equipment stolen from a Seminole County construction project on Highway 9, being completed by APAC Construction, was also recovered along with oil field equipment taken from Union City.
“Not really anything I can think of that was damaged beyond coming back with the exception of the skidsteer,” said Haley. “The skidsteer is still here on this property stuck in a mudhole.”
The property recovered has since been returned.
Gouker is being held at the Seminole County Jail on a $100,000 bond.
Haley warns the public theft will catch up.
“It may not be tomorrow, it may not be the next day, but it will catch up,” he said.
Haley is urging the public to make sure to write down serial numbers on items that you own. It makes it easier for law enforcement to get stolen property back to the rightful owner.