Thursday, March 31, 2022 - A Roland man was charged March 22 with larceny of lost property, a felony punishable by up to two years in the Oklahoma State Penitentiary, a fine of up to $1,000 or both.
Joseph Fey, 38, was arrested March 15 after Roland police were dispatched to the Cherokee Casino to take a report about a stolen cellular telephone.
When officers arrived at the casino they spoke with a man who said he was playing a slot machine and got up, leaving his phone behind. When he realized he forgot it, he returned to the slot machine and the phone was no longer there.
The black iPhone 12 Pro Max, was worth about $1,300, the man said.
Casino security provided police with video footage of the theft taking place and police were able to identify Fey as the suspect.
While driving down Roland Road, a Roland police officer spotted his vehicle parked at a gas pump at the Corner Store. Fey was arrested moments later.
Once at the police station, Fey admitted to taking the phone and walking out of the casino with it. He said he didn’t sell the device for money. Instead, he told police he took it to a friend in Fort Smith. Fey said he had no bad intentions, but had used marijuana before entering the casino and his judgment had become clouded.
Fey eventually told police that the friend he had reportedly given the phone to had no idea the stolen phone had been left on his entertainment system. The friend later called police and said he had found the phone, which he brought to the Roland Police Department.
Fey was released on $3,000 bond and is due in Sequoyah County court at 1:30 p.m. April 20.
Andrea Adams, Staff Writer
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