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An Okanogan teen was arrested Tuesday for allegedly stealing a pistol.
Okanogan County Sheriff Frank Rogers said around 9:50 AM Tuesday, Omak Police Officer Jerod Gavin, who was off duty at the time, was mowing his yard on Maple Street in Okanogan when he observed a male and female, standing by his personal vehicle and then walking off.
Rogers said, “As the two were walking away Officer Gavin thought something was wrong and went to the vehicle to check it and noticed that a pistol was missing from the vehicle as well as a credit card.” The two subjects were identified as 23-year-old Jesse B. Garcia, of Omak and 18-year-old Cheyenne R. Lezard, of Okanogan.
Rogers said Officer Gavin got into his vehicle to locate the pair and called the Sheriff’s Office. Officer Gavin located Garcia over on Queen Street and stopped him, and Sheriff’s Deputies arrived at the location to assist.
The Sheriff said while questioning Garcia, he told Deputies that he didn’t know anything about the theft, then changed his mind and told Deputies that it was his girlfriend, Lezard that stole the gun. Garcia told Deputies he would take them to her location. Rogers said Garcia took Deputies to 437 Queen Street where they did in fact locate Lezard and the stolen firearm.
Lezard was arrested at the scene and transported to the Okanogan Jail and booked, where she was booked for Theft of a Firearm, Theft in the Second Degree and Vehicle Prowl.
Rogers said because the incident occurred near the Okanogan High School, the school was locked down for approximately an hour. He said the entire incident was actually over in several minutes, with both subjects located and the gun recovered.