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June 6, 2014

Deputies snag alleged thief near lake

TAHLEQUAH — Sheriff’s deputies say a man was arrested Wednesday after witnesses saw him and two others enter a home and leave with various items.

Deputy Dexter Scott was sent to Tenkiller Harbor and was told to look for a Dodge truck. Scott spotted the truck and began to follow it into a driveway, he said. The driver – later identified as 61-year-old Miller Barney Clifton – ran into a wooded area.

Scott learned the truck and its license plate did not belong together and decided to have the truck impounded. Scott noticed several household items in the truck, including cold food, clothes, DVDs, and a DVD player.

When a wrecker arrived, Clifton allegedly came out of the wooded area with his hands in the air and told Scott he “drunk too much.” Scott said Clifton smelled of alcohol.

Clifton was taken back to the site of the alleged burglary, where he was identified by witnesses.

Two other suspects were also identified, including one man who had reportedly passed out in the area due to intoxication. He was later taken by ambulance to a Tahlequah hospital.

A third suspect told deputies Clifton was claiming the home belonged to a family member, and that he had permission to enter the home.

Clifton was booked into jail for second-degree burglary, knowingly concealing stolen property, and public intoxication. Bond had not been set as of Thursday, according to booking records.

jnewton@tahlequahdailypress.com

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Alcoholic drinks should be sold Sundays in restaurants and bars, and liquor stores should be open.
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