Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Gans Man Charged in $350,000 Property Theft

One of two suspects arrested in the July 13 theft of thousands of dollars' worth of property from a home east of Sallisaw has been formally charged in Sequoyah County District Court.

The affidavit, filed Aug. 5, shows that Andrew Blackshere, 24, of Gans has been charged with  one felony count of knowingly concealing stolen property.

According to a Sequoyah County Sheriff’s Department report, another suspect in the case, George Erin Richardson, 42, allegedly told Blackshere he had made a deal with the owners of the home to remove items from buildings on the property. Richardson reportedly told Blackshere the property owners wanted the buildings emptied so they could be demolished.

The men allegedly stole mostly antiques and collectibles, along with jewelry, guns, tools, several antique clocks and an antique motorcycle, with a combined total value of nearly $350,000.

The Sequoyah County Sheriff’s Department launched an extensive investigation into the case, which culminated in the pair’s arrests. 

According to records, Richardson was arrested July 25 at his Gans home. He bonded out of jail, but as of July 26, Blackshere was still being held at the jail.

The felony charge is punishable by imprisonment in the Department of Corrections for no more than eight years, a fine of up to $500, or both.

Laura Brown, KXMX Staff Writer

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