Tonkawa man convicted on 15 burglary charges

August 15, 2022 | Courts

NEWKIRK — Bryce Christopher Clement, 21, Tonkawa, entered no contest pleas to 15 counts of third degree burglary, conspiracy, knowingly receiving stolen property, and a misdemeanor charge of unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia in Kay County District Court.

Clement and two others were arrested by Tonkawa police in December of 2020 in connection to a string of car burglaries. (see story and video)

On Dec. 9, 2020, Kay County deputy Dakota Jarvis conducted a traffic stop on Main Street in Tonkawa near Rosebud Street.

Clement was identified as the driver and Elise Tylaine Clark, 21, Ponca City, was identified a the passenger.

Clement was cited for not having a valid driver’s license and the vehicle was impounded. Tonkawa police officer Chris Potter arrived and helped with vehicle inventory. Investigators report finding many hand-made facemarks inside the vehicle.

Nearly seven hours later a Tonkawa resident went to the police station and reported several masks stolen from her vehicle. Chief Nick Payne located the photos of masks found in Clement’s car and the resident was able to identify them as stolen. Tonkawa police obtained search warrants for the vehicle and for Clement’s residence.

Clement, Clark and Martha Sha Fawn Clement, 45, Tonkawa, were located and detained at the residence.

Clark and Martha were separated and questioned.

Elise was reportedly asked if she knew Bryce was breaking into vehicles and she reportedly replied, “No. I don’t do it with him.” She reportedly admitted to picking Bryce up at Blinn Park after he committed multiple auto burglaries. She reportedly told police that he brings the stolen items to the residence or throws the items away in a dumpster near the residence.

Bryce was questioned and asked why he is stealing items. “It is what it is, you know what I mean,” he reportedly replied.

Police report finding stolen goods in the home including a firearm, toddler Air Jordan’s and photography equipment. The charges were filed on Dec. 23, 2020.

On Aug. 1, 2022, Clement entered the no contest pleas and sentencing is deferred for seven years and he is ordered to pay $3,923 in restitution.

Martha Sha Fawn Clement is facing felony charges of conspiracy, concealing stolen property and scheduled for a preliminary hearing on Nov. 15.

Clark is facing conspiracy, concealing stolen property charges and set for a  plea docket on Sept. 12.