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Charlie Whittington, a detective with the Lawton Police Department, dusts the MacArthur High School marching band trailer for fingerprints.

1 in custody in stolen music case

Police continue to gather evidence from the recovered band trailer stolen from the parking lot of MacArthur Middle School early Thursday morning.

John Whittington, chief of the Lawton Public Schools Police Department, held a news conference at the district's bus barn, where the trailer is being held until police have finished processing evidence obtained from it.

The trailer and the $91,000 worth of marching band equipment it contained have been recovered, and one male suspect is in custody at the Comanche County Detention Center on unrelated traffic charges, Whittington said. However, he said the investigation is still ongoing and charges are expected to be filed against the suspect in the near future.

All of the band equipment, except for a lone marching sousaphone which was inexplicably left in the trailer by the thief or thieves, has been returned to the MacArthur High School marching band, which stored the instruments in the locked trailer in the MacArthur Middle School parking lot, where the high school marching band usually rehearses.

The trailer was stolen shortly after midnight Thursday morning from the parking lot. Whittington said the school district's police department was able to obtain footage of the trailer being towed by a late-model Nissan Armada southbound from an intersection near the school at 12:36 a.m. Thursday.

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