Christopher Cortez of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, United States and David Curnett of Shawnee, Pottawatomie County, Oklahoma have been arrested. The two were accused of stealing all-terrain vehicles in Pottawatomie County.
On the afternoon of February 27, 2021, a woman reported to the Pottawatomie County Sheriff’s Office that her ATV was stolen. Later, another resident of the county reported about two thieves running into the woods.
Pottawatomie County Sheriff’s Office deputies started a manhunt for the suspects. The Seminole County Sheriff’s Office, Seminole Nation Lighthorse Officer, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol and the Absentee Shawnee Tribal Police helped the deputies with the pursuit.
Curnett was found running in the river. He refused to follow the commands from the deputies, ran back into the woods and went on to steal another ATV from a residence on Moccasin Trail Road in Shawnee.
When Cortez was arrested, he admitted to his involvement in the larceny of the ATV. He was transported to the Pottawatomie County Safety Center.
Cortez was charged with grand larceny, conspiracy to commit a felony, knowingly concealing stolen property and obstructing an officer, according to Pottawatomie County Sheriff’s Office. His bond was set at $10,000.00.
After the arrest of Cortez, Curnett was also taken into custody. He was charged with knowingly concealing stolen property, obstructing an officer, two counts of grand larceny and a felony warrant out of Pottawatomie County for grand larceny.
Curnett’s bond was set at $15,000.00 for the charges stemming from incident and $55,000.00 on his warrant. The ATVs he and Cortez stole were found and returned to the respective owners.