One person was arrested and police are searching for another in connection with a series of burglaries and authorities are conducting investigations regarding several others, according to Police Detective Shane Thompson.
The morning of Tuesday, Oct. 22, Skiatook Police received a call regarding a suspicious vehicle and a possible burglary in progress.
Officer Tony Harper explained when he arrived and located the vehicle, the driver fled on foot. Kristen Kay Pearson, 19, of Bristow, was a passenger in the vehicle and she was taken into custody.
Records show Pearson was booked into the Osage County Jail on unlawful possession of paraphernalia, receiving, possessing and concealing stolen property, second degree burglary and possession of a controlled substance.
In the vehicle, police found credit cards, checks and mail that is believed to be stolen, Thompson said, adding several victims have been
located — in Skiatook and other areas — following the Oct. 22 arrest. Police have identified the driver of the vehicle and have issued a warrant for his arrest.
Although a few burglaries are reported each month in Skiatook, Thompson and Harper said the number of reported cases involving burglaries of vehicles and homes has increased dramatically in the past few weeks.
Authorities also are investigating a series of home burglaries which occurred last weekend, Oct. 19 and 20, Thompson said. There were four home burglaries that weekend, and individuals were home when two of them occurred, Thompson said. Some of the home burglaries involved the theft of small items — costume jewelry and $50 cash — while other high-value items were bypassed, Thompson said.
Another case under investigation involves juveniles. Harper explained two juveniles are in custody following a recent pursuit with Osage Nation Police. The juveniles, who were allegedly burglarizing vehicles, were caught in the act by Skiatook Police about a month ago, according to Harper.
During the investigation, they also admitted burglarizing vehicles in Sperry. They were released to the custody of their parents, however a few days ago they were allegedly in a stolen vehicle when they “got into pursuit” with Osage Nation Police outside of the Skiatook city limits. Both are now in custody.
Skiatook Police have several items in the evidence department that have been found during recent burglary investigations that have not been claimed by the victims, according to Thompson. The items that are unclaimed include tools and other items that are often kept in vehicles, he said.
Thompson and Harper also said the majority of the burglaries they are responding to and investigating occur when people leave their automobiles or residences unlocked.
Harper also encouraged area residents to follow the example of the individual who called and reported suspicious activity the morning of Oct. 22.
“If you see anything, do not be concerned that you are bothering the police,” he said. “Call the police. That helps tremendously.”
According to Skiatook police, the burglaries that occurred the weekend of Oct. 19 and 20, and the ones being investigated following the Oct. 22 arrest do not appear to be related.