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August 30, 2012

Charges filed in car theft, burglary case

TAHLEQUAH — Prosecutors have charged a Tahlequah man who is accused of stealing a car, eluding police, and later breaking into a home.

Michael Lee Quinnton Alverson, 32, faces charges of first- and second-degree burglary, unauthorized use of a vehicle, and eluding or attempting to elude police.

Alverson allegedly broke into a garage and took a 2005 Ford Mustang that belongs to Veraman Davis. Alverson and Walter William Dill, 25, were later spotted in the vehicle by Cherokee County Sheriff’s Investigator Harold Thomas, and led authorities on a three-mile pursuit.

When Alverson and Dill crashed in the car, both fled on foot, but Dill was quickly captured. Prosecutors say Alverson went to the home of Orville Shapley, near Cherry Springs Golf Course, where he broke in and stole a purse, hat and jacket. Shortly after the break-in, officers caught and arrested Alverson.

Tahlequah Police Capt. Dale Glory said several tools were inside the vehicle taken from Davis’ garage, but those have not been recovered. Alverson allegedly told police he took the tools to a residence on Clyde Maher road and left them on the porch, but the tools were later removed from the porch.

Glory said a reward is being offered for the return of the tools. No questions will be asked, he said, and no arrests will be made.

“We just want to get the tools back,” said Glory.

The person who has the tools may not know they were stolen, Glory said. The tools can be returned to the Tahlequah Police Department, or Glory said the person can call the department at (918) 456-8801 and police will go get the tools.

Among the missing tools are nail guns, drills, saws, and an air compressor.

Dill has not been formally charged in the incident.

First-degree burglary is punishable by seven to 20 years in prison, while second-degree burglary is punishable by two to seven years. Unauthorized use of a vehicle is punishable by a fine of $500-$5,000 and one to five years in prison, and eluding or attempting to elude police could result in up to a year in prison and a fine of $100-$2,000.

Court records show Alverson was held on a $65,000 bond and is set for an initial appearance Sept. 11 at 11 a.m.

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