Thursday, June 11, 2020

Sanders Arrested in Boys and Girls Club Burglary

Charles "Monk" Sanders

An arrest warrant was issued June 1 for a Sallisaw man accused of breaking into the Boys and Girls Club Sallisaw location. 

Charles Edmond “Monk” Sanders, 54, was charged with second-degree burglary and knowingly receiving or concealing stolen property, both felonies. He faces seven years in prison on the burglary count and five years in the State Penitentiary on the second charge.

According to a police report, on May 7, a Sallisaw police detective received a call from another officer regarding a burglary at the Boys and Girls Club.

When the detective arrived at the scene, he was briefed by the officer and club employee Laura Kuykendall about what had been stolen and he learned the suspect had forced entry into a door on the east side of the building. It appeared the suspect, or suspects, had tried to forcibly remove a flat-screen television in one of the main rooms, the police report shows.

On May 11, Sallisaw police were again dispatched to the Boys and Girls Club for an attempted break-in. The club had set up a game camera that captured images of four different people, one of whom was identified as Sanders. Kuykendall told the officers the image was taken May 9 and she said she believed the break-in would have been between 10 a.m. and noon. She said the would-be thieves did not re-enter the building, but they tried to enter the science building south of the Club.

The officers knew Sanders lived within walking distance of the Boys and Girls Club, and because he was seen on the video, they went to his residence to speak with him.

When Sanders stepped out onto his porch, the officers spotted a red hoverboard sitting nearby. The club had reported a hoverboard stolen. Sanders denied knowing anything about the burglaries and said a friend had given him the hoverboard a few days earlier. Officers also spotted a dolly that had reported stolen.

Sanders allowed police to search his room, where they discovered a 32-inch Element flat-screen TV, a ROKU device and a sound bar, all of which were reported stolen by the club. Sanders again denied being part of any robbery.

Officers eventually recovered a garden tiller and XBox gaming system from Sanders.

In a written statement, Sanders said two friends of his had brought over the equipment and had left it there. He also admitted that the two friends had told him the items were stolen.

The recovered property was returned to the Boys and Girls Club of Sallisaw.

Sanders appeared in court on June 3 and will return to appear in front of Judge Payton at 1:30 p.m. June 15.

Laura Brown, KXMX Staff Writer

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