Tahlequah Daily Press

November 21, 2012

Concealment of property warrant filed

Staff Writer

HULBERT — An arrest warrant was issued for a Tahlequah man this week after prosecutors charged him with a felony count of knowingly concealing stolen property.

Tyler Lynn Johnson, 25, allegedly tried to hide a stolen truck by dismantling it. According to an affidavit, Johnson is accused of concealing a 2000 Dodge 3500 flatbed and a TowLite 16-foot gooseneck stock trailer.

The truck and trailer were reported stolen Aug. 14 from Mayes County. On Aug. 30, authorities reportedly found parts of the truck in the driveway and yard of Johnson’s home in Cherokee County. Officers say the truck had been dismantled in an attempt to conceal it, and parts of it were sold by Johnson.

Officers said the truck was confirmed through the Vehicle Identification Number on the doors recovered in the driveway, and the vehicle’s tag was also at the house.

Authorities recovered the trailer Aug. 30 at a Cherokee County home. A man told police he bought the trailer from Johnson for $800, and Johnson later delivered the traile, which was parked in a pasture next to a tree line to conceal it from view. Johnson allegedly admitted to stealing the truck and trailer, dismantling the truck and selling its parts, and selling the trailer.

Knowingly concealing stolen property is punishable by not more than five years in prison, up to a year in the county jail, and a fine of up to $500.