Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Two Arrested for Akins Burglary

Christian Cooper

Sebastian Southerland

Two males have been arrested in connection with a burglary at Akins General Store, according to the Sequoyah County Sheriff’s Office.

Christian Cooper, 20, of Sallisaw, and Sebastian Southerland, 19, of Muldrow, are each charged with second-degree burglary, according to Undersheriff Greg Cox.

Video surveillance shows a vehicle pulling up to the Akins general store in the early hours of Saturday morning, June 15. Cox said the video, which was posted on social media, shows a male getting out of the driver’s side rear door of the vehicle.

“He flung a plastic flower pot into the bottom glass of the door,” Cox explained, adding that the suspect then got back into the vehicle after only cracking the flower pot.

The suspect gets back into the vehicle and the vehicle drives off, returning approximately 30 minutes later.

“This time, he throws the jack to the vehicle through the door, making entry into the store, stealing property and taking off,” Cox said.

While the suspect’s appearance was not disguised during his initial attempt to break in the store, he attempted to disguise himself with a shirt wrapped around his face and head, but was wearing the same clothing, according to Cox.

Deputies were able to locate the two suspects in the Maple area. Cooper was initially arrested on an active felony warrant for larceny and Southerland was brought in for questioning.

“Both parties fully confessed of everything,” Cox said. “They’re going to have to face the charges.”

Cox said the pair will probably have to pay restitution to the store owner of approximately $350.

Southerland was released on a $5,000 bond. Cooper remains in custody at the Sequoyah County jail on a $5,000 bond. They will be formally arraigned next Wednesday.

Pam Cloud, Managing News Director

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