Tahlequah Daily Press

October 21, 2013

Pair arrested for auto theft

By JOSH NEWTON
Staff Writer

TAHLEQUAH — Two people were booked into jail last week after they were caught driving a stolen vehicle and tried to escape from police.

Jack Neugin, 45, and Kandi Mae Coon, 30, both of Tahlequah, were booked into the Cherokee County Detention Center for possession of a stolen vehicle.

According to Tahlequah police, a local couple reported their 1989 Honda Accord stolen from Walmart on Oct. 12. Four days later, police received a phone call from a witness who was following the stolen vehicle. The witness told police the car parked at an apartment complex in the 600 block of West Keetoowah.

Police received a description of the occupants, who both fled from a back window of an apartment. Officers later found Coon and Neugin near Mission and Delaware streets. Neugin allegedly had, in his pants pocket, an ignition key for a Honda. The key worked on the stolen vehicle, police said, and Coon admitted she had been driving the vehicle.

She allegedly told police they bought the vehicle last Sunday from a woman who lived on North 491 Road.

Police contacted the woman, and she said Neugin and Coon brought the vehicle to her residence last weekend and returned to get it last Sunday. She told police she did not sell the vehicle to Neugin and Coon.

Officers transported Neugin and Coon to jail for possession of the stolen vehicle. Neugin was also booked for a warrant out of Muskogee County, according to an arrest affidavit.

Coon is free on a $7,000 bond, while Neugin remained in jail Friday on a $5,000 bond.

Court records show Neugin has a previous history including obstruction of an officer, eluding or attempting to elude police officer, breaking and entering dwelling without permission, unlawful possession of a controlled drug with intent to distribute,  possession of contraband by an inmate, and knowingly concealing stolen property.

jnewton@tahlequahdailypress.com