|Updated: 8/21 9:46 am
||Published: 8/20 9:51 pm
A thief left a teenage cowboy heartbroken.
Mayes County officials told FOX23 that a thief tried to strip a teen of his name and property, and he did the same with numerous victims.
Things have been disappearing in Mayes County. Nothing small either: a horse trailer, a four-wheeler, even a backhoe.
"It's frustrating because this is just the tip," said Mayes Co. Capt. Rod Howell. Howell said on the streets, the stolen items are as good as cash.
"A lot of it is happening because of drug use," said Howell.
In two months' time, theft reports have stacked up. Howell said fingers continue to point toward Leon Quinn.
FOX23 has learned Quinn admitted to theft. One family said Quinn went too far when he targeted a teen.
"I'd just like for him to know how bad he hurt a 15-year-old boy," said Robert Cooper.
The horse trailer belonged to Cooper's son, Sam, who had made a name for himself at a few rodeos with his roping skills. He'd won two saddles.
Howell said Quinn stole those too.
"It's just sickening," said Cooper.
About a week ago, Mayes County officials served Quinn, a convicted felon, with a search warrant. They found two guns and a bunch of ammunition inside his Salina home. They found pills, pipes and marijuana, too.
Cooper said Sam still doesn't have his saddles.
"They had tried to grind off some of the writing and stuff," said Cooper.
The saddles are being restored, but Howell said other victims may never see their property again.