Tahlequah Daily Press

February 5, 2014

Warrant issued for man accused in burglaries

By JOSH NEWTON
Staff Writer

TAHLEQUAH — Authorities have issued an arrest warrant for a man accused in two burglaries and a robbery that occurred over a period of about two years.

Tahlequah Detective Elden Graves said officers recently investigated a break-in at the Hibachi Buffet, and that case pointed to 24-year-old Shane Douglas Postema as the suspect.

“At the Hibachi break-in, there was blood, so we collected it and sent it off,” said Graves. “We recently got a DNA match to Postema, and the DNA matched all the other burglaries. It looks like he left blood at all of them.”

Postema is accused of second-degree burglary for breaking into the Hibachi Buffet Aug. 15, 2013, and taking a cash register and about $300. He faces a second count of the same charge for allegedly breaking into a house owned by Keith Head on Sept. 8.

DNA also led to Postema being charged in a third case, dating back more than a year ago. Investigators allege Postema and two others broke into Douglas Roberts’ home, threatened Roberts and stole a Mac desktop computer, a Nikon D200 camera, and a camera lens.

First-degree robbery is punishable by not less than 10 years in prison; first-degree burglary is punishable by seven to 20 years; and each count of second-degree burglary is punishable by two to seven years.

Court documents allege Postema has a previous conviction of second-degree burglary and theft out of Mower County, Minn., for which he was sentenced to 21 months in the Minnesota Department of Corrections.

Postema’s previous conviction could enhance his sentence.

jnewton@tahlequahdailypress.com