Monday, December 2, 2019

Muldrow Man Charged in Burglary

Herman Ray Wheeler, 64, of Muldrow is facing a second-degree burglary charge after a reported break-in at a Sequoyah County home, according to a warrant filed Nov. 20.

On Nov. 3, a police report shows, a Sequoyah County deputy was dispatched to 472073 E. 1087 Road in reference to a burglary. When the deputy arrived at the home, he met with owner Tanner Shafer and another man, Stephen Magers. 

Shafer told the deputy he had returned home and saw a white Dodge Caravan backing out of his driveway and noticed the front door of the residence had been left ajar. He and Magers then confronted the two older men sitting in the van.

When questioned, one of the men said they were only “doing this so the people down the street didn’t do it.” The man said his home had been burglarized multiple times in the past.

Shafer then opened the van’s sliding door and asked why his car battery charger was in the back seat. When he said he was going to contact law enforcement, the men reportedly urged him not to do that and that if he did, they were leaving.

As they began to drive off, Shafer was dragged about 100 yards before he was able to get the charger out of the van. When the van drove off, he was able to take note of the Oklahoma license plate number. 

On Nov. 10, a deputy on patrol stopped the van, which had the same tag. Wheeler was one of the vehicle’s occupants. Shafer reportedly had been out driving and spotted the van, which he then followed until a deputy arrived on the scene.

Shafer identified Wheeler as one of the men that had been at his home the week before.

The battery charger was the only item reported stolen from the home.

The felony charge is punishable by up to seven years in prison. Wheeler’s bond has been set at $5,000.

Laura Brown, KXMX Staff Writer

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