LAWTON – Three criminal misdemeanors were filed against a Lawton man accused of causing property damage to a building with a vehicle after shoplifting from Williams in Elgin.
John Albert Robinson, 55, of Lawton, was charged on Dec. 9 with leaving the scene of an accident/striking fixtures, shoplifting and driving under suspension, indicate Comanche County District Court records. Elgin Police Officer Jeremy Yoder stated in an affidavit for probable cause that at 5:10 p.m. on Dec. 7 he was dispatched to a parking lot across from Williams on Windy Road regarding an accident. In route, he said he was notified that a man had left the scene of the accident and was walking westbound. The driver of the 1996 green Ford van, later identified as John
Robinson, was located by a Comanche County Deputy and returned to the scene. After checking Robinson’s information in the system, Officer Yoder noted that his driver’s license was suspended.
According to the report, Robinson had struck the safety pole next to the southeast corner of the building and stated, “They’re not to code, so I didn’t see it when I hit it.” He was reportedly placed under arrest and transported to Comanche County Detention Center for leaving the scene of an accident with property damage and driving under suspension.
Officer Yoder stated in his report that, “While investigating the incident I was advised that there was also a shoplifting incident across the street at the Williams Grocery and that the suspect was in a green van.” After speaking with store clerks, Officer Yoder indicated that he was able to locate a stolen battery pack inside the van. A witness who reportedly observed Robinson steal the batteries identified him in a six photo lineup, notes the document. According to Officer Yoder, the van driven by Robinson, had been reported as an unauthorized use to the Lawton Police Department, but had not been entered into the NCIC at the time of the arrest. Information says the registered owners of the van were authorized to pick up the vehicle at the scene. The court has set a $10,000 bond against Robinson for leaving the scene of an accident/striking fixtures. An additional $1,000 for each of the other criminal misdemeanor charges has also been set. A misdemeanor docket has been scheduled for Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020, at 9 a.m.