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CLEVELAND COUNTY, Oklahoma (KFOR) – US lawmakers and marshals in Oklahoma are looking for a suspect linked to dozens of break-ins, in which he will rob and vandalize homes, and sometimes stop to prepare something to eat.
Authorities identified the suspect as Andrew Earls, saying he often broke into homes in Woodward and Cleveland counties, before subsequently breaking into To residence. The 27-year-old is charged with more than 30 recent burglaries in Woodward County alone.
Authorities believe the suspect is now hiding in the Norman and Noble area, south of Oklahoma City.
“I think he’s in survival mode, really,” said Woodward County Sheriff Kevin Mitchell. “We realized very quickly that we were not having a normal one-time flight.”
The suspect is now also linked to at least five burglaries in Cleveland County.
“He’ll break into a house and he’ll eat, he’ll sit there and drink their beer,” said Mendi Brandon, public information officer for the Cleveland County Sheriff’s Office. “We think he’s going to hide in the trees and hang around just to escape law enforcement.”
Alisha Shrout said MPs believed she was one of the suspect’s victims in Woodward. She says he hit her house not once, but twice.
“They said it was his trademark. He’s coming in and ransacking houses, ”Shrout told KFOR. “He had cut my outdoor cameras, then he went to my room and where the receiver was, he cut every cord.”
Shrout said a neighbor’s security camera caught the scammer in action while he was carrying a headlamp.
“He left this headlamp in my kitchen next to the food,” she said.
The single mother of three boys said the suspect broke into her home after kicking her back doors. She said he stole her jewelry, threw away her clothes, damaged his iPads and helped himself to a few cans of soup.
“He had made a breakfast bowl in my freezer and used my microwave,” Shrout said.
Shrout added that the suspect also slept in her son’s bed and used his bathroom.
“He took a shower and left his wet towel and soap on the floor in my shower,” said Shrout. “I actually found her jeans in the hallway outside my bathroom. He had like a narrow belt.
In addition to ransacking his home, Shrout said he also stole two handguns and a shotgun.
“He had taken a 4-10 shotgun out of my bedroom closet, loaded it, left a box of shells in the bathroom, and left it lying outside the bathroom.” , she said. “He pushed some of these shells down my sink drain as well.”
Sheriff Mitchell said this, too, is a common occurrence.
“We have a dozen missing guns. Handguns and rifles. We have recovered about six of them, so there are still more that are outstanding, ”Sheriff Mitchell said. “When we were about to catch up with him, he would drop everything he had and run away.”
The sheriff said Earls also left breadcrumbs from his previous hits.
“He would go to one place taking something and then to the next place and he would leave something from the first place,” Sheriff Mitchell said.
The sheriff also said they almost caught him on several occasions.
“We were there early enough to lay our eyes on him and we were going to try to contain him. But, in our rugged terrain, it’s really hard to do, ”he said. “It’s a little slippery.”
Now, Cleveland County MPs think he’s in their neck of the woods, possibly hiding near Norman and Noble.
“He’s wearing camouflage or some sort of ghillie suit and he’s believed to be hiding in the woods in that area,” Brandon said.
Sheriff Mitchell said he thought Earls was dangerous and armed most of the time.
Cleveland County MPs said Earls was around 6 feet tall, had brown hair and had multiple tattoos on his arms and chest.