1/3/08 -- Norman, OK - Here's another good reason to mail in those annoying warranty and registration cards you get with all those electronic Christmas goodies - they may lead to the arrest of a burglar!
According to Norman police, on November 30, Norman resident Ian Koetter-Manson realized his '05 Mazda RX8 had been broken into and his radar detector stolen.
The victim contacted police and then followed up with a call to the manufacturer of the radar detector to obtain the detector's serial number.
As luck would have it, the burglar had just placed a call to the manufacturer too!
Seems the burglar forgot to take the radar detector's power supply when he was snatching it out of the vehicle and was trying to order a new one.
The manufacturer provided investigators with the name, telephone number and mailing address for the suspected burglar - Stephen Phillip Liles, 21, living in the 2200 block of Harttons Drive in Norman.
When investigators went to Liles home to question him, Liles reportedly confessed in detail to the robbery.
Liles told investigators he was prowling around an apartment complex parking lot with a crowbar, looking for vehicles to burglarize.
When he saw the RX8 he told investigators, he "knew that it would have something good in it."
Liles was charged with felony burglary in Cleveland County on December 27.