Tahlequah Daily Press

May 9, 2013

Felony charges filed against Park Hill man

By ROB W. ANDERSON
Staff Writer

TAHLEQUAH — A Park Hill man is facing felony charges stemming from a burglary reported in March at a Burnt Cabin Road residence.

Bradley Wayne Anderson, 21, was charged with one count of knowingly concealing stolen property on or about March 20 on allegations that he hid a yellow wagon and an Indian blanket stolen from the residence owned by Brenda Thompson, a part-time resident of Cherokee County.

According to details in the affidavit for probable cause, a witness living in the area observed suspicious activity at Thompson’s residence, where a glass door on the house was found broken while the hasp on a storage building door was also reported damaged. The witness reported seeing a weedeater lying outside the storage building with the door standing open. A yellow wagon and a black wagon were sitting inside the storage building. The witness, who contacted Thompson and was told the residence should be vacant, told investigators the storage building doors were closed when she drove by Thompson’s residence later that day.

Other items reported missing included an electric chainsaw, an orange weed eater, a green leaf blower, an Electrolux upright vacuum, a 48-inch Sony flat-screen television, two deer antler lamps, two analog cable TV boxes, a Magnavox DVD/VCR player, an antler knife, a red Pendleton brand saddle, two handmade Indian quilts with one displaying an eagle and one displaying a pink star, a Hoover upright vacuum, a black and yellow tool box, ping-pong paddles and balls, a guitar in a black case, and a black duffel bag containing camping gear.

When interviewed by sheriff’s investigators March 26, Thompson said neighbors told her they had seen several of Thompson’s missing items at Anderson’s residence. Thompson said the neighbors informed Anderson that the yellow wagon and Indian blanket belonged to Thompson, and Anderson was said to have turned the items over to Thompson’s neighbors, who reported Anderson said he had received the wagon, which had been painted black, and blanket from a juvenile who lives in the area. Anderson’s residence is less than a mile from Thompson’s property, per affidavit details.

A search of Anderson’s home was conducted, but none of the items reported missing were found. Investigators also searched the home of and interviewed the juvenile Anderson reported receiving the items from, but none of Thompson’s property was recovered. Thompson’s neighbors later told investigators Anderson had been seen burning items in a burn pile, but evidence of Thompson’s property was not found in the burn pile.  

A report by another neighbor of Thompson’s confirmed suspicion as the neighbor said he was present when the wagon and blanket were returned, and remembers seeing several items – including a Sony flat-screen TV and black guitar case – inside Anderson’s home that were said to be stolen. The second witness also reported Anderson text-messaged him several times, requesting a ride to a Muskogee pawn shop, but he ignored the messages and ceased all contact with Anderson for fear of criminal involvement.