By JOSH NEWTON
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.