Two people from Sequoyah County were arrested Oct. 30 on five felony charges and a pair of misdemeanors.
Records show that Michelle Brown (Ross), 40, and Roi Michel Harrison, 40, both of Vian, were charged with second-degree burglary and grand larceny, as well as two counts of larceny of an automobile and possession of a firearm after former felony conviction. The two also face misdemeanor charges of possession of a controlled dangerous substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Between April 30 and October 30, the duo reportedly broke into a home in Vian and stole several items, including a wood stove, tractors, weapons, bar stools, antiques, a 2000 Ford F250 V-10 pickup, a black BMW and more.
On Oct. 29, a Sequoyah County Sheriff’s deputy was dispatched to the home to meet with John Eddy. Eddy told the deputy that his deceased brother’s property had been broken into and he gave the deputy a list of the stolen property.
Two days before meeting with Eddy, the deputy was at the home and saw the white Ford truck loaded down with wood. When the deputy learned where Ross lived, he drove by her home and saw the same truck still loaded with wood.
The pair had reportedly posted some large windows for sale along with a wood-burning stove and a wood-burning terra cotta outside stove. Eddy said all the items had been stolen from his late brother’s house. The deputy then obtained a search warrant.
On Oct. 30, deputies served the search warrant for the stolen property. When they arrived at the couple’s trailer home, Ross was detained in the driveway. The officers then entered the home, where they found Harrison in arm’s reach of a loaded .17-caliber rifle. He was handcuffed and escorted outside.
Several of the stolen items were allegedly discovered inside the trailer and both stolen vehicles were outside the home.
Ross and Harrison were then transported to the Sequoyah County Jail.
During an interview, Harrison admitted going into the deceased man’s home on several occasions in the past six months and that he had stashed the stolen items in the vacant house next door to his home. A search of that property turned up about $10,000 worth of stolen items.
When Ross was interviewed, she admitted going to the Eddy home with Harrison and told officers she knew about the gun found in her home.
A call to the district attorney’s office alerted deputies that Ross is currently on a five-year deferred sentence from 2017 and is not allowed to have weapons in her possession. The deputies also learned that Harrison in currently on a 20-year Department of Corrections sentence from 2015 in Muskogee County.
The couple was also found in possession of methamphetamine and marijuana.
The burglary charge is punishable by imprisonment for up to seven years. Grand larceny carries a punishment of imprisonment in the State Penitentiary for no more than eight years, a fine of up to $1,000 or both, and restitution.
Larceny of an automobile is punishable by imprisonment in the Department of Corrections for up to five years, a fine that is equal to three times the value of the stolen property or both.
Possession of a firearm after being convicted of a felony is punishable by up to 10 years in prison. Possession of a controlled dangerous substance carries a term of up to one year in prison and a fine of no more than $1,000. The paraphernalia possession count is punishable by up to one year in prison, a fine of up to $1,000 or both.
Ross and Harrison were released on $15,000 bond each.
Laura Brown, KXMX Staff Writer
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