Local Man Arrested for Theft of Money from Safety Deposit Box

AMARILLO — Oklahoma City Police arrested 38-year-old Joey Climer after Amarillo Police issued a warrant on a 2nd degree felony theft charge.

On Tuesday April 14, Amarillo Police were in the area of 100 S Bowyer looking for evidence abandoned by a driver or passenger during an earlier traffic stop. An officer standing in the 100 block of S Bowyer when he saw a silver Nissan 4-door car approaching him.  As the car passed, Climer extended his arm through the window and threw a white envelope out.  It landed near the officer.  The officer noted the tag number of the vehicle and picked up the envelope.  The officer found that it contained $7000 in cash. Officers in the area attempted to locate the silver car, but were not successful.

Later that day, officers were sent to the Happy State Bank at 3423 S Soncy in reference to a large amount of money taken from a safe deposit box. The 84-year-old victim met the officer at the bank.  Officers determined that Climer had taken a key to his safety deposit box without permission, and had presented identification which made it look like he had legal access to the box.  

The suspect then took a large amount of cash out of the safe deposit box and left. It was later determined that the suspect in the theft is the same individual that drove by the officer on Bowyer and threw out the envelope containing $7000 in cash.

After obtaining video from the bank and speaking with witnesses and the victim, APD detectives were able to get an arrest warrant issued for Climer. The warrant was entered into a national database.

At 4:30 p.m., APD was notified that Joey Climer was arrested in Oklahoma City by OCPD on the outstanding warrant.  

According to initial information, Climer approached two OCPD detectives at a convenience store and handed them a Happy State Bank envelope containing a large amount of cash.  Climer told the detectives that he had found the money in the parking lot, saw the officers, and decided to turn it in to them. The detectives obtained Climer’s identification and found the Randall County warrant #25846 outstanding on a charge of theft over $100,000/under $200,000.  Climer was arrested and APD was notified. Additional money was recovered from the vehicle he was driving.   

Climer was initially booked by Oklahoma City officers but has now been transferred back to Texas, and is in the Randall County Jail.

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