Burglars quarantined after breaking into contaminated home

Created: 05/08/2014 4:29 PM
By: Jesse Wells, KFOR

A pair of alleged thieves picked the wrong house to steal from.

Last month, the FBI and the Oklahoma City Police Department arrested Preston Rhoads for allegedly plotting to kill his girlfriend with a deadly toxin, ricin.

Rhoads has been in jail ever since.  The home has plenty of warning signs outside telling people to stay away because of the toxic substances inside.

This week, Kevin Phillips and Ramon Stephens allegedly broke into Rhoads' home.  The suspects are accused of stealing water bottles and a speaker system.

Once taken to the Oklahoma County jail, the suspects had to be isolated and decontaminated.

"The ricin in the house was not of a weaponized grade," said police Captain Dexter Nelson. "That would have involved a more extensive decontamination."

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