Tahlequah Daily Press

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October 1, 2012

Charges leveled in ‘meth house’ burglary

TAHLEQUAH — Three people were formally charged last week for allegedly burglarizing a house where several methamphetamine labs had previously been discovered.

Timothy Poyner, 35, of Tahlequah; Rachel R. Wallington, 28, of Broken Arrow; and Christopher Francis Stura, 48, of Tahlequah, are each charged with second-degree burglary. Wallington is also facing a charge of resisting an officer.

Tahlequah police said they responded to a home in the 300 block of Park Avenue on Sept. 9 to take a trespassing report. Poyner, Wallington and Stura were all at the home, and Poyner allegedly told police a “friend” had given him permission to go to the home and take whatever he wanted.

Police had arrested the two occupants of the home during a bust Aug. 31 for endeavoring to manufacture methamphetamine. Poyner allegedly said he’d visited his “friend” at the home the previous night, but he refused to tell police who the friend was. Poyner also reportedly admitted he knew the occupants of the home were in jail, and knew the home didn’t belong to the “friend” who’d supposedly given him permission to be at the home.

According to police, Wallington threatened to punch an officer in the mouth and resisted when officers began to arrest her.

Court documents filed with the charges against Poyner indicate he has previous convictions which could enhance his sentence.

He was convicted in 1997 of robbery by force and fear and received a five-year suspended sentence, according to court documents. Poyner was convicted of knowingly concealing stolen property in August 1999 and given three years in prison; and he was convicted of receiving, holding, or concealing a lost or mislaid credit card in 2008, along with obtaining cash or merchandise by false pretense. He received a three-year suspended sentence on that charge, though the suspension was later revoked.

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