Felony arrest warrants were issued March 4 for a trio of Sallisaw residents allegedly involved in a March 2 robbery at the Farmers Co-Op on Cherokee Avenue.
Records show that Joseph Wayne Crowley, 31; Scottie R. “Boomer” Scott, 36; and Tyler Elmore, 22, are being sought on charges of third-degree burglary.
On March 2, a police report shows, officers responded to the Co-Op in reference to a burglary that had occurred during the night. Upon arrival, a Sallisaw police officer said there were several items missing from the store, including tools, barbed wire and heaters. It appeared the suspects cut the lock to the west gate and entered the fenced area, the report shows.
The SPD’s investigative division had received two reports in the past month about heists with a similar motive at the Tractor Supply store in Sallisaw.
Several law enforcement personnel found a vehicle belonging to Elmore at a home at 103877 S. 4680 Road. While at the residence, they reportedly saw two new rolls of 2 x 4 welded wire lying next to the home.
Elmore told officers he had dropped off Crowley near the Co-Op the night before and when he picked him up later, Crowley did not have any items with him. A conversation with the homeowner revealed that Scott had recently brought him the wire. The man also said Scott had asked to borrow his truck to move items from his residence to his new home north of Akins.
The homeowner stated that Scott returned the next morning and had numerous rolls of barbed wire in the back of the truck. The men traveled to another residence to sell the wire. The men then went to Scott’s residence and Scott retrieved some tools and a Dewalt grinder from a shed behind his home.
Elmore told police he served as lookout during the heist.
In an interview, Crowley admitted that Elmore had dropped them off and he and Scott broke into the Co-Op. The two went into the back area and gathered items they planned to steal. Crowley said they later returned in a truck and loaded up the ill-gotten gains.
Scott told officers he had no knowledge of any burglary. He was also charged with knowingly receiving or concealing stolen property, a misdemeanor punishable by imprisonment in the State Penitentiary for up to five years or in the county jail for up to a year and/or a fine of up to $500.
If convicted of third-degree burglary, the three men face up to seven years in prison.
Laura Brown, KXMX Staff Writer
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