Pair’s arrest expected to clear dozens of burglaries

The Oklahoma City Police Department has arrested two suspects in connection with a series of auto burglaries in Oklahoma City, Yukon and Bethany.

Officials with the Oklahoma City Police Department say John Bentley, 28, and Michael Pratt, 24, were arrested Sept. 8 after authorities received a tip on their CrimeStopper’s line in regards to someone using a credit card that had been reportedly stolen during an auto burglary in Yukon.

 

Police released a photograph of two suspects leaving a business after having allegedly used the card.

Oklahoma City police spokesperson officer Megan Morgan said investigators went to Bentley’s home to interview him. When they arrived, Bentley and Pratt pulled up in a vehicle, saw the officers and fled.

Morgan said the pursuit ended when they drove onto a dead-end road. Pratt, who was driving the vehicle, attempted to run from the scene but was captured by a police dog.

Morgan said the two are suspected in at least 15 Oklahoma City burglaries.

Yukon Police Chief John Corn said they believe the arrest of Pratt and Bentley will clear at least 11 burglary cases in the community.

“We have identified at least 11 cases in our city,” Corn said.

Those cases are currently being reviewed by the district attorney’s office to determine if additional charges are warranted.

Corn said the departments worked closely together to share reports, videos and other evidence used to identify the suspects.

“This was a good bust and a lot of good information sharing. Hopefully, we will be able to return a lot of property and clear a lot of these cases,” he said.

Corn said his officers are working with Oklahoma City authorities to sort through the property that was recovered, and that victims will be notified as the evidence is cleared.

Bentley and Pratt were initially arrested on complaints of burglary and possession of stolen property related to a Canadian County incident. They are facing at least five additional counts in Oklahoma County.

The burglaries allegedly started in August and continued through their arrests.

The two men were being held Tuesday in the Oklahoma County jail. Bond had not been set for them.

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