(Stillwater, Okla.) – An ex-convict – already being held on $120,000 bail in the Payne County Jail on charges of car theft on March 6 and driving a vehicle into two patrol cars, as well as attempting to elude law enforcement, on April 4 – was accused today of possessing an SUV stolen from Dexxon Oil Company in Drumright on Feb. 7 and breaking into the Maveric Mini Mart in Ripley on April 1.
Due to his criminal record, David Lee Higgins Jr., 38, who previously lived in Cushing and Drumright, but was listed as homeless in current court records, could be given as much as six life prison terms if convicted of all of his felony charges in Payne County. Higgins was scheduled to be arraigned this afternoon on his new charges that were filed today.
Payne County Sheriff’s Investigator Rockford Brown wrote in an affidavit that on Feb. 2 a black Ford Expedition owned by Dexxon Oil Company was stolen in Drumright and entered into NCIC. Five days later, a Dexxon employee saw the stolen Dexxon SUV in Cushing at the intersection of Main and Highland Streets, the affidavit alleged.
The Dexxon employee “followed the vehicle to Bill’s EZ Out at 1107 E. Main in Cushing and observed a white male exit the vehicle and go into the store,” the affidavit said.
The employee said that he was able to determine that the SUV was owned by Dexxon because “the vehicle was previously owned by a police department and (he) could see where the previous police lettering was on the vehicle due to fading and the ghosted lettering that was still visible, the side view mirrors had cutouts that previously held emergency lights, and (he) could see where the Dexxon applied numbers to the vehicle had been peeled off the fender,” the affidavit alleged.
The employee “called Cushing PD to report the vehicle sighting, but CPD units were unable to get caught up to the vehicle before it was out of their jurisdiction,” the affidavit said. However, Cushing Police Sgt. Carson Watts obtained surveillance photos from Bill’s EZ Out of the SUV and three photos of the suspect — one of which the sheriff’s investigator immediately recognized as Higgins, the affidavit alleged.
“The photo of Higgins in Bill’s EZ Out also shows him to be wearing a large link chain around his neck. Higgins was photographed wearing the same style chain when he was arrested on April 4, 2018, and on April 1, 2018, while passing stolen lottery tickets at Love’s Store,” in Edmond, the affidavit alleged.
In another affidavit, the Payne County sheriff’s investigator wrote that at 3:42 a.m. on April 1, a white Ford truck with a flat bed was seen on surveillance backing up to the Maveric Mini Mart in Ripley.
“A passenger in the truck exits and smashes the glass door with what appears to be a sledgehammer, grabs a chain from the bed of the truck and then goes into the store attaching the chain around the store’s ATM,” which the truck driver attempt to rip from the store, the affidavit alleged.
“While inside the same suspect who smashed the door is seen on surveillance taking cigarettes and the lottery ticket case from the store counter,” before both suspects leave in the vehicle at 3:45 a.m. on the surveillance camera, the affidavit said.
About three hours later, at 6:36 a.m., tickets from that Ripley burglary were cashed at Love’s Store in Edmond, the affidavit alleged. “The suspect seen on this video is wearing a black and white Mossy Oak hat and heavy gauge silver-colored chain around his neck; the chain appears to be hanging as if it has a heavy pendant pulling it down,” the affidavit said.
Three days later on April 4, Higgins was arrested after a Payne County pursuit in which he was driving a vehicle that had just been stolen from Car Mart in Stillwater, the affidavit alleged. “I observed Higgins on the scene and saw that he was wearing a heavy gauge silver-colored chain with two pendants on it, a black Mossy Oak hat, and Roper-style oil field boots that had significant damage to both toes,” the Payne County sheriff’s investigator wrote in his affidavit.
“The necklace and hat that Higgins was wearing at the time of arrest appears to be the same that the suspect was wearing at Love’s,” in Edmond, the affidavit alleged.
“Once at the Sheriff’s Office, I viewed over 50 different frames of video from the Maveric burglary…Higgins’ boots and photos of the boots that the suspect was wearing appear to be the same and have damage and marks in similar locations as Higgins’ boots,” the sheriff’s investigator alleged in his affidavit.
In charges filed last month, Higgins was accused of attempting to elude law enforcement by speeding and endangering other motorists in rural Payne County from 19th and State Highway 108 to Fairgrounds Road and 122nd on April 4 when he was arrested. Higgins was also charged with driving a 2007 Chevrolet without a license plate into patrol cars driven by Payne County Sheriff’s Deputy Joe Staley and Oklahoma Highway Patrol Trooper Ryan Long on April 4, court records show.
In a case filed two months ago, Higgins was accused of stealing a 2008 Ford Mustang on March 6 in Payne County, court records show.
An arrest warrant for Higgins had been issued in Creek County on March 26 on charges of possessing a stolen vehicle, eluding or attempting to elude a police officer and obstructing an officer, all in Drumright, court records show.
According to records from Creek County District Court and the Oklahoma Department of Corrections, Higgins was previously convicted of;
* assault and battery with intent to commit a felony in Drumright in 2016 for which he was placed on three years’ probation;
* assault with a dangerous weapon in Tulsa County in 2014 for which he was given a three-year prison term, but only served about 16 months before being released in November 2015.