A Sallisaw woman pleaded not guilty Oct. 15 to charges of first-degree burglary, a felony, and knowingly receiving or concealing stolen property, a misdemeanor.
Rhianna Lee Younger, 40, faces up to 20 years in prison on the felony charge. Her bond was set at $5,000 and her next court appearance is at 9 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 18.
On Oct. 10 at 11 a.m., a Sallisaw police officer was dispatched to a residence in reference to a burglary that had just occurred. When the officer arrived, he met with the victim, Marlina Hardbarger, who said an old friend, whom she identified as Younger, had just broken into her house while she was inside her garage.
Hardbarger said that while she was in her garage she heard some commotion coming from inside the house. The woman then tried to enter her bedroom, where she had heard the noise coming from, but it was locked from the inside. Hardbarger said she pried her bedroom door open and found Younger trying to retreat out the window, The woman said she was also able to snap a photo of Younger inside her home.
The officer then traveled to a different location, where he exited his patrol car and approached the building. As he did so, a female walked toward the officer. She identified herself as Younger and she later admitted to taking Hardbarger’s property but said she took the items because Hardbarger owed her money and she planned to use the items as collateral.
Laura Brown, KXMX Staff Writer
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