A stolen military cargo truck was recovered in Tulsa; Suspect arrested
Tulsa police arrested a man who they said stole a military truck and did not get out when police found him.
Police said Philip Heygi stole a private military truck on Sunday, then refused to get out after pulling over to the side of I-244.
Officer Danny Bean said it all started hours before, when a person sitting near the Admiral and 177th Avenue East woke up to a burglary at the house. The owner’s M35 military cargo truck was missing.
“They called the real owner, the victim, who was driving home from out of town, said the truck didn’t have keys, that you need to know how to do it,” Bean said. “There is a sequence to go through there. So either you have already done it or you have military training.”
Meanwhile, as detectives investigated the burglary, officers from another part of town received an interesting call. Police said a woman called 911 to report her boyfriend showed up at her home in a military vehicle after an all-night methamphetamine binge.
“In between it all, we couldn’t find him,” Bean said. “Our lucky enough reporting officers were going to drive to his last known address. While driving, they saw the vehicle parked on the side of the road. “
Bean said there they found Heygi who refused to come out, even after a K-9 was dispatched to retrieve him. Officers eventually used pepper balls and he was taken to hospital with an unrelated health problem.
Heygi is still in hospital but will face charges of first-degree burglary, car theft, possession of a stolen vehicle, resisting arrest and obstruction of justice.