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Arrest warrants issued for Sallisaw duo facing stolen vehicle charges

Saturday, January 14, 2023 - Arrest warrants were issued Jan. 10 for two Sallisaw residents accused of being in possession of two stolen vehicles.

The Sequoyah County Sheriff’s Office is seeking Jamie Lynn Lee, 40, and Clinton Eugene Daniels, 40.

On Dec. 29, a deputy was dispatched to Wildhorse Mountain Estates to try and locate two vehicles that were reported stolen out of Fort Smith.

When the deputy arrived at the location, he noticed a vehicle matching the description of one of the stolen cars. Dispatch alerted the deputy that the reporting parties had tracking devices on the vehicles and that the phone was pinging at the address. In the home’s driveway, he saw another vehicle that was registered to one of the residents.

A locked gate at the end of the driveway kept the deputy from driving down it, which gave him probable cause to cross the gate and verify the VIN of the car. The deputy observed two cars matching the description of the ones reported stolen, a silver 2009 Jeep Wrangler and a black 2014 Dodge Charger.

When he approached the vehicles, the deputy found that both vehicles had a piece of paper blocking their VINs.

About 10 minutes later, the door of the residence opened and a pit bull was let out. At that point, a woman identified as Lee asked the deputy why law enforcement was in her yard. The deputy asked Lee to come outside so he could explain why they were there. Lee put the dog back inside and she came outside.

When told about the reportedly stolen vehicles, Lee stated that she owned the vehicles and that she didn’t know why they had been reported stolen. Deputies asked her to unlock the vehicles so they could verify their VINs. When she came back, Lee had a set of keys and she was accompanied by Daniels.

They unlocked the vehicles and deputies verified that the VINs matched those of the stolen cars, the SCSO reported.

While waiting for the tow company, deputies allowed Lee and Daniels to get their personal belongings and then asked Daniels if he knew that the Jeep and Challenger had tracking devices on them. Daniels reportedly stated that “they used to be” but he had removed them already.

Laura Brown, Staff Writer

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