Monday, June 17, 2019

Arrests Made in Burglary Investigation

On May 31 and June 1 the Sallisaw Police Department received numerous reports from victims stating that various items had been stolen from their vehicles. One of the victims reported that the windows on their vehicle had been broken out by the suspects. There were also reports filed of fraudulent credit card usage on stolen credit/debit cards by the suspects, according to Sallisaw Police Chief Terry Franklin.

On June 10 Lt. Owens was contacted by the Sequoyah County Sheriff’s Office. Deputies had made contact with a 15 year old juvenile male, whom had admitted to breaking a vehicle window out in Sallisaw and stealing a wallet. Lt. Owens met with the juvenile and his mother at the sheriff’s office. Franklin stated that Owens questioned the suspect and the juvenile admitted that he and other juvenile males had broken into ten or more vehicles during the morning hours of June 1.

The juvenile also admitted that he had stolen a handgun and the gun was still at his Marble City residence, said Franklin. Owens and Deputy Neighbors went to the residence and recovered the stolen gun. On June 11, Detective Biles arrested a 14 year old juvenile male whom had been with the first suspect arrested.

Det. Biles interviewed the second suspect. The suspect admitted to going through neighborhoods, checking for unlocked vehicles, and then going thru the vehicles, looking for any valuables, Franklin said. This suspect also named other individuals whom were also allegedly involved in the burglaries and the fraudulent use of credit/debit cards that they had stolen. Through Biles investigation, he learned that the suspects had actually gone out on three separate nights/mornings to break into cars.

At this time detectives have recovered some of the property from the suspects. The suspects admit that after finding a purse or a wallet, they would steal the valuables, and then throw the wallets or purses into trash cans as they walked down the street. On June 12, a third juvenile male, age 13 was arrested in connection to the car burglaries. Sallisaw detectives are continuing their investigation and more arrests are pending, according to Franklin.

Sallisaw Police are asking that if you find property belonging to someone else, that you please contact the police. The Sallisaw Police Department would like to warn residents to please not leave valuables in plain view in your vehicles and to keep your vehicles locked at all times.

KXMX News Staff

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