Bob Stoops' Accused Burglar's Girlfriend Attempted to Break Him Out of Jail

Brian Leigh@@BLeighDATFeatured ColumnistJuly 10, 2013

NORMAN, OK - NOVEMBER 10: Head Coach Bob Stoops of the Oklahoma Sooners looks at the scoreboard during the game against the Baylor Bears November 10, 2012 at Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium in Norman, Oklahoma. Oklahoma defeated Baylor 42-34. (Photo by Brett Deering/Getty Images)
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The Bob Stoops home-burglary saga took a weird turn Tuesday night, as the girlfriend of one of the detained suspects was arrested for trying to break him out of jail.

According to the report by ESPN's Jake Trotter:

Paige Maurey, 20, was arrested and charged on a felony count of assisting a prisoner to escape, according to an affidavit filed by the Cleveland County District Attorney's Office.

Meghan McCormick, spokeswoman for the Cleveland County Sheriff's Office, confirmed to that the juvenile who Maurey allegedly attempted to break out was the same one accused of burglarizing Stoops' home while the family slept two weeks ago. That juvenile and Corey McCarty, 21, were arrested on June 22 and charged with first-degree burglary.

According to the report, Maurey was called by one of the juvenile detainees and told to help break them out. She and four other people drove to the detention center with hedge trimmers, but when Maurey went off to get gas, an employee saw them and peeked his head around the corner.

One subject fled (later to be arrested in Moore, Okla.), and the other three were arrested by the time Maurey returned to the scene.

This all comes about one month after the burglary itself, where Corey McCarty and an accomplice attempted to loot Bob Stoops' house while he and his family slept. That weekend, Oklahoma Police detained McCarty in the middle of a party, after he allegedly bragged to another partygoer of his crimes, according to Jake Trotter of ESPN.

McCarty waived his Miranda rights and confessed to the crimes upon being taken in by Norman Police. Per The Oklahoman, court documents describe him as "polite, cooperative and apologetic."

The second burglar, though—whose name has not been released since he is a juvenile—is the one who ordered Paige Maurey to break him out of the detention center. After that attempted escape, it's hard to believe he'll be described as contritely in any court documents.

Stoops has been the head coach at the University of Oklahoma since 1999. In his tenure, he has twice been named Walter Camp Coach of the Year and led the Sooners to a National Championship in 2000. Stoops' team underachieved slightly in 2012, but still made an appearance in the Cotton Bowl.

He is a beloved figure in the community, and fortunately for all who were involved, nobody was hurt during the invasion.