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9/6/2013 1:01:00 AM
Perkins woman charged with concealing stolen car rims
By Patti Weaver Journal Correspondent

A Perkins woman who is on probation for drug possession has been charged with knowingly concealing stolen Chevrolet aluminum rims allegedly taken from Harris 66 Service Station in Perkins.

Courtney Suzanne Burch, 32, was arrested last week and released on $10,000 bail, court records show. She was arraigned on the felony charge Friday and ordered to return to court on Sept. 26 with an attorney.

Burch has denied knowing anything about the stolen car rims, according to an affidavit by Perkins Police Officer Charles Danker.

The station's service manager, Rustin Ardrey, said that the rims were stacked behind his shop and he knew they were there around July 15, the affidavit said.

A customer called him "and informed him that she knew who stole the rims from his shop and gave him the name of Courtney Burch," the affidavit alleged.

After the customer claimed that "Courtney took the rims to a scrap yard for money," the Perkins police officer asked Courtney "if she ever scrapped any rims before and she stated no," according to the affidavit. "Courtney stated she used to scrap and doesn't do it anymore. Courtney stated she doesn't know anything about any rims," the affidavit said.

An employee at American Scrap in Stillwater said that on July 18, "Courtney brought 148 lbs. of clean aluminum to the scrap yard," for which she received $74, the affidavit alleged. The employee said that 148 pounds would equal five rims, the affidavit said.

When Perkins Police Chief Bob Ernst and the officer went to Burch's residence to talk to her, "Courtney was on her cell phone and was cussing stating this is f...... b...... -- the police are here over those f....... rims again," the affidavit sad.

"Courtney got off her cell phone and continued to interrupt every time we would try to explain what was going on. Courtney was cussing and upset," so the police chief and officer left, the affidavit said.

Her husband subsequently told the police chief "Courtney didn't steal any rims and that she scrapped some rims he gave her," the affidavit said. He first told the chief four rims, and when advised that five rims were stolen, "he changed his story to five rims," the affidavit alleged.

"This conflicts with the initial contact I had with Courtney where she stated she never scrapped any rims and that she quit scrapping," the officer wrote in his affidavit.

Later, a Perkins man arrived with his father at the Perkins Police Station to talk to the officer, the affidavit said.

The Perkins man said that Burch had come to his residence and had seen the rims behind Harris 66 service station, the affidavit said.

He said "Courtney (Burch) wanted him to steal the rims, store them, and she would scrap them, and split the money with him," the affidavit alleged.

He said he told her no and the next day the rims were gone, the affidavit alleged. He said that he had previously gone with her several times scrapping including "into Lincoln County around the back roads of Carney scrapping stuff people didn't want left from the tornado," the affidavit alleged.

He said they scrapped a hood off a woman's property, which he said he thought they had permission to take, the affidavit alleged.

He said he knew that they did not have permission to take rims from the service station -- which he said he would not do "because the owner is the landlord over their house," the affidavit alleged.

According to court records, three years ago Burch was charged with possessing marijuana with intent to distribute, along with possessing methamphetamine, drug paraphernalia and the prescription drug, alprazolam, all on May 21, 2010, in Perkins. In that case, Burch pleaded guilty in 2011 to the four-count charge and was placed on 10 years' probation, court records show. In August of 2006, Burch was accused of hitting a female Payne County jailer in the chest with her fists, for which she was placed on five years' probation in 2007 and ordered to serve 10 days in jail, court records show.

Three months earlier, Burch had been charged with hitting a male Stillwater police officer in the shoulder and arms in May of 2006, court records show. That felony charge was reduced by the prosecution to obstructing an officer, a misdemeanor for which she was placed on probation for one year, court records show.

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