MOORE — Lonnie Ray Correll and Rowdy M. Offield have something in common.
Both men have allegedly eluded authorities and are considered fugitives named on Cleveland County’s Top 10 Most Wanted list.
“These are people that know they’re wanted,” Cleveland County Undersheriff Rhett Burnett said.
Burnett said the 10 fugitives are not necessarily the most violent. However, these alleged criminals are most likely to commit more crimes.
“The likelihood of them repeating their crimes is greater,” he said.
Burnett said Sheriff Joe Lester created the county’s Top 10 Most Wanted program in January 2009. In that time span, at least 10 fugitives have been captured.
Burnett said the goal is to apprehend fugitives and prevent crime. Finding these alleged criminals isn’t an easy job.
“These are people who have been gone for a while, trying to lay low and they’re hard to find,” Burnett said.
The program works with the United States Marshal’s Metro Fugitive Squad in Oklahoma City. The Cleveland County Sheriff’s Department has a deputy assigned to the task force.
Deputy Marshal Michael Stevenson is tasked with finding fugitives and taking them off the street.
“At any time, we may have 20 to 30 felony warrant that he is actively working in addition to these warrants,” Burnett said. “It’s a full time job.”
Stevenson said the warrants are sent to the U.S. Marshal’s Office in Oklahoma City. The paperwork is returned to Stevenson with a database records check.
“I go through it as an investigator and it will come back with different records,” he said. “I will see if I can find any current addresses. Sometimes you hit places and sometimes you just sit and watch.”
Stevenson said he constantly checks tips. Sources remain confidential.
“Something new will pop up and I will go out and check new information,” he said.