By JOSH NEWTON
Authorities arrested a local man this week after he allegedly stole a donation jar from the counter at Speedy’s convenience store east of Tahlequah.
Jeremy Laconsello, 19, of Hulbert, was booked into the Cherokee County Detention Center for larceny and public intoxication.
Employees at Speedy’s said Laconsello entered the store and stole a jar of money that had been placed on the counter to help a local resident whose home had burned down. Laconsello then allegedly left the store and ran toward the Illinois River, where he was stopped by Oklahoma Highway Patrol Trooper Tommy Mullins.
Mullins said Laconsello smelled of alcohol.
Cherokee County Sheriff’s Sgt. Waylon Tarkington went to Speedy’s and viewed surveillance footage of the alleged theft. Tarkington said the video showed Laconsello wait until the store clerk wasn’t looking before he grabbed the donation jar, stuck it into the front of his pants, and left.
Tarkington went to CCDC and confiscated the money that had been in Laconsello’s possession when he was booked in.
Court records show Laconsello has multiple arrests in previous years. He was last charged in Cherokee County District Court on June 4 for public intoxication. He was charged with the same crime in January 2013 and in July 2011. He has also previously been charged with a felony count of knowingly concealing stolen property.
Laconsello remained in jail at CCDC Wednesday on a $1,000 bond.