Friday, January 8, 2021

Worst Arrested for Stolen Property

Cody Lee Worst

A Sallisaw man was arrested Dec. 26 and charged with knowingly receiving or concealing stolen property.

Cody Lee Worst, 30, faces up to five years in the State Penitentiary, a fine of up to $500 or both on the felony count.

On Dec. 26, an officer with the Sallisaw Police Department was patrolling eastbound on Cherokee Avenue near Jenkins Street when he spotted a red Ford Mustang with several occupants inside headed westbound on Cherokee.

As the Mustang passed the officer, it braked abruptly and turned left into the Tractor Supply store parking lot. The officer turned around in the Allen’s Towing parking lot and went back to see where the Mustang had gone.

The Mustang was found sitting in a parking spot in front of the Factory Collection clothing store and the Mustang had its reverse lights on. The officer then passed the Tractor Supply entrance and turned left onto McGee Street and pulled into the alley behind the Best Mart convenience store. At that vantage point, the officer could see the Mustang, but no one in the Mustang could see him.

The officer watched as the Mustang traveled back toward Cherokee Avenue but when those in the car spotted the officer, they turned left and parked in front of Best Mart.

At that time, the officer was able check with dispatch and get some identification on who might be in the car. The Oklahoma license plate returned to Worst, who had a suspended driver’s license through the state of Arkansas. 

The officer watched the Mustang and its occupants for several moments, then decided to park in a different location, the Motel 6 parking lot. A short time later the Mustang pulled up at the same location and the officer was able to make contact with Worst and his occupants.

The officer told Worst he pulled him over because of his suspended license. Dispatch revealed that Scoggins and one of the passengers in the vehicle had possible warrants.

The officer interviewed everyone in the Mustang, and a search turned up a baggie containing suspected methamphetamine.

While talking with one of the occupants, the officer learned that Worst had allegedly hidden a gun inside the restroom of a nearby convenience store. Officers found the gun stashed inside a small trash can. The weapon was a Kel Tec .32-caliber handgun. The gun had an empty chamber but there were six rounds in the magazine.

Laura Brown, KXMX Staff Writer

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