Monday, March 17, 2014

Arrest Of A/C Thieves Clear Up Other Thefts

Sheriff Ron Lockhart said Thursday morning that the arrest of two Okay men has cleared up nu- merous thefts in several counties.

Dale Lee Compton, 21 and Robert Ryan Ford, 21 were arrested Tuesday by sheriff's deputies when suspicious activity was reported near the Marble City School.  Deputies chased the two men, who were driving a pickup, for two miles.  After stopping the pair, deputies found four air conditioning units taken from the school and an electric keyboard stolen form a church in Adair County.

Lockhart said the investigation has cleared six thefts from churches and five homes in Adair, Chero- kee and Sequoyah Counties.  Damages at the Marble City School were estimated at $20,000.

Both men were booked into the Sequoyah County Detention Center in Sallisaw.

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