UPDATE: EngineLabs has just obtained Ronnie Dale Pollard, Jr’s mug shot from his booking at the Tulsa County Jail. According to the county jail information page, Pollard is being held without bail on the warrants from North Carolina. He’s also charged with being a fugitive from justice.
Ronnie Dale Pollard, Jr., who is wanted in connection with the break-in at Buck Racing Engines in King, North Carolina, was arrested by Tulsa County Sheriff’s deputies today at 5:30 pm CDT, according to department spokesman Deputy Justin Green.
The arrest took place at the Rodeway Inn on East Archer. Green says the sheriff’s office received a tip that Pollard’s vehicle was in the vicinity of the hotel. After it was located in the hotel parking lot, deputies contacted the front desk. When no one was registered under the suspect’s name was found, deputies conducted a room-to-room search.
“Then one of the deputies noticed someone matching the suspect’s description attempt to flee on foot from a room,” said Green, who identified the arresting deputy as Sara Morataya. “She recognized him as the suspect, and she was able to order him to the ground and hold him there until backup arrived to take him into custody.”
Pollard, age 47, was booked into the Tulsa County Jail on the outstanding warrants from North Carolina. No further information was available on bail or arraignment notices.
Green says Christopher P. Goodman of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, is still at large. Warrants for the arrest of Goodman and Pollard were issued by the King police department yesterday. Both are wanted as part of the investigation into the break-in of Buck Racing Engines (BRE) and the theft of more than $445,000 in high-performance engines and parts on June 19 earlier this year.
Pollard’s name has been widespread throughout the racing community following the release of surveillance video showing him at the BRE shop the day before the break-in. Numerous sources identified him on social media based on his single appearance on the popular street-racing reality television show, “Street Outlaws.”
According to Green, Pollard was also popular with department Captain Paul Tryon, who was in charge of that afternoon’s shift.
“He has been dealing with [Pollard] off and on for the past 20 years,” said Green. “The captain is also a racer, he owns cars. So it was near and dear to his heart to get this guy off the street.”