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June 1, 2012

Local teens face burglary charges

TAHLEQUAH — Two Tahlequah teenagers are facing felony burglary charges after police say they and a juvenile broke into, or attempted to break into, several city businesses.

Marcus Allen Stopp, 19, and Bryan Hamilton, 18, each are charged with three counts of second-degree burglary, one count of attempted second-degree burglary, and unlawful use of a police radio.

Stopp has been held on a $40,000 bond while Hamilton was held on a $20,000 bond.

Prosecutors allege Stopp and Hamilton broke into the Tahlequah Farmers Co-op on May 15 by shattering the front glass door with a rock, or by some other means. They are also accused of breaking into IHOT Tanning, owned by Lonny Qualls, and Unique Boutique, owned by Regina Harris, on the same date. They allegedly shattered the front glass doors on those businesses with the intent to steal.

Prosecutors also say the two tried to break into Long John Silver’s on May 15 by shattering the front glass door with a brick, but their attempt failed.

Stopp and Hamilton were allegedly using a police radio while committing the burglaries.

Each second-degree burglary count is punishable by two to seven years in prison, while attempted second-degree burglary is punishable by one to 3-1/4 years. Unlawful use of a police radio is punishable by no more than three years in prison and/or a fine of up to $5,000.

A juvenile who was also arrested by police following the burglaries was turned over to parents, officers said.

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