A 20-year-old Sallisaw man faces multiple charges of second-degree burglary, larceny of automobiles, breaking into an automobile and grand and petit larceny when, from Aug. 15 through 17, he allegedly stole two golf carts, broke into two businesses, stole a pickup truck and a Chevrolet Trailblazer, which he "maliciously" destroyed. Chase Makay Patterson was charged Aug. 27 in Sequoyah County District Court with grand larceny, three counts of second-degree burglary, two counts of larceny of an automobile, malicious injury to property, petit larceny (a misdemeanor) and grand larceny. He pleaded not guilty to the charges on Aug. 27, and his case is on District Judge Larry Langley's disposition docket Sept. 3.
According to court records and reports from the Sequoyah County Sheriff's Office and the Sallisaw Police Department, Patterson is accused of stealing and driving, on Aug. 15, a 2002 Chevrolet Trail Blazer, whose owner was out of town. Sallisaw police reported finding the vehicle in a parking lot near downtown Sallisaw on Aug. 17, and the owner reported it stolen again. Sallisaw police were then informed that two golf carts may have been stolen from Shadow Creek Golf Club. When they went to the club, they didn't find golf carts but did find a white Chevrolet truck in the ditch at the intersection of Delaware Avenue and County Road 4640. The truck had been reported stolen from the Cherokee Casino in Sallisaw. One of the golf carts allegedly stolen from Shadow Creek Golf Club was found behind Patterson's and the other was found in a nearby ditch. An officer found a cell phone in one of the golf carts which proved to be Patterson's.
Questioned later, Patterson, according to the reports, admitted to stealing the vehicles and breaking into the businesses. When an accomplice left him without keys to the stolen Trailblazer, Patterson said he went to the casino and stole the white pickup truck, but he got the truck stuck on the railroad tracks on Old Dump Road. He then walked back to the golf course and stole the golf carts. He said he had to steal the second cart after he got the first golf cart stuck. He also admitted to stealing the Trailblazer, which was wrecked but Patterson said he didn't remember where he wrecked the vehicle. After Patterson was arrested by Sallisaw police and was handcuffed behind his back in the waiting area while the officer was filling out his paperwork, Patterson managed to slip out of his handcuffs, according to the report. Two officers had to restrain Patterson so he could be handcuffed again. Sally Maxwell, Senior News Director
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