Tulsa man in custody may be connected to nearly 90 car break-ins


Source: Tulsa Police Department

The Tulsa Police Department said a man they have in custody may be connected to nearly 90 car break-ins. And he was also arrested for threatening an ex-girlfriend and shooting out her tires.

Around 1 p.m. Monday, Tulsa police conducted a traffic stop near 51st Street S. and Peoria Avenue on a vehicle that was known to be involved in a string of recent burglaries, along with a recent shots fired/threatening a violent act call.

The driver of the car, Brett Chamberlain, was taken into custody. Chamberlain was carrying a small quantity of methamphetamine and fentanyl, police said.

Officers recovered a gun from the vehicle. The car was also full of stolen bags, purses, cash, credit cards, car keys, driver's licenses, checks, passports, medications, and a custom made wedding ring from Santa Fe, police said.

Detectives believe Chamberlain could be connected to as many as 89 car break-ins all over the Tulsa metro area between August and December. So far, detectives have identified 34 reported victims, and believe there are at least 55 more unreported cases.

Last Saturday, officers responded to a call of shots fired and threatening a violent act at 500 N. Country Club Drive.

A woman reported that her ex-boyfriend, Brett Chamberlain, tailgated her and forced her to pull over. When she did, he threatened her with a gun then shot out one of her tires.

Due to Chamberlain's Native American status and the McGirt ruling, the following charges will be recommended by Tulsa police to federal prosecutors:

  • Knowingly concealing stolen property x 74
  • Burglary from vehicle x 29 (potentially many more)
  • Threatening a violent act
  • Shooting With intent to kill
  • Hit and run x 2
  • Unauthorized use of a credit card (multiple charges)
  • Possession of a firearm after felony conviction.
  • Drug possession
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