PAWNEE COUNTY, Okla.— On June 30th, officials made multiple arrests in connection with a car theft ring consisting of four men.
The weekend prior, the Pawnee County Sheriff’s Office received information regarding the whereabouts of several stolen classic cars worth $250,000.
PCSO shared the intel with Tulsa County Sheriff’s Office to investigate a home outside of Sand Springs.
TCSO sent a drone that identified various cars covered by tarps before being shot down by 50-year-old Steven Kitchens.
The following Tuesday, TCSO obtained a search warrant and uncovered several stolen classic cars under the tarps.
According to authorities, Kitchens was arrested on complaints of reckless handling of a firearm and felon in possession of a firearm.
43-year-old Alan Vanderwagen was later arrested after fleeing the scene. Vanderwagen is reportedly the owner of the property and was located by Muskogee County deputies at a family member’s house.
Vanderwagen was charged with possession of stolen vehicles along with additional felonies as well. He’s currently being held in Tulsa County Jail.
Brent White and Michael Thompson were also arrested in their alleged connection to the stolen cars.
The property recovered includes several red 1960s Mustangs, a blue 1971 Dodge pickup, and a green 1967 Jeep Deuce. All cars were returned to their owner in Pawnee County. Another recovered vehicle was reportedly stolen from Arkansas. No additional information is known about the owner in Arkansas. (News On 6)