|| Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation
Public Information Director
12/01/11 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Cushing Man Arrested for Burglary of P.D. Evidence Room
Sunday, November 27, 2011, just after 8:30 a.m., Cushing police responded to a call to the Fountaine Bleau Apartments, 1428 S. Little Avenue, after a maintenance worker reported finding a door open on a vacant apartment. Master Police Officer Bill McCarty and Lucas Armenta responded to investigate the open door.
When police arrived and checked the inside of the apartment, they found the wall separating the vacant apartment and the police evidence room had been breached. Police secured the building, later searching the police property room, finding no suspects.
After learning of the burglary, Chief Terry Brannon contacted the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation for investigative and technical assistance.
“The reason I called the O.S.B.I. was to protect the integrity of the police department and those whose cases could be directly affected by the burglary,” Brannon said. “When you are challenged with a situation like this one, it requires an agency to think beyond its own reputation. In the end, it is about our credibility with the people and those we serve whether it be victims or defendants,” he said.
Property taken from the police property room was recovered Tuesday evening by the O.S.B.I. and Cushing police. A 2-day-long integrity audit of the property room determined all evidence was accounted for.
Monday, O.S.B.I. agents and Cushing police arrested Cushing resident Dalton Dash Brown, 26, at the Payne County Courthouse while he was appearing on another burglary case. Additional charges are expected to be filed. Others connected to the burglary are expected to be charged in the coming days.
“I want to thank the O.S.B.I. for its investigative and technical assistance,” Brannon said. “The agents and criminalists sent to Cushing represent some of the most committed, competent law enforcement professionals in Oklahoma, which is reflected in our cooperative effort to solve this crime.”