Tahlequah Daily Press

September 24, 2013

Men nabbed after breaking into car

By JOSH NEWTON
Staff Writer

TAHLEQUAH — Two Cherokee County men were arrested Saturday morning after a homeowner caught them breaking into a vehicle.

Tommy Thompson, 20, of Hulbert, was booked for burglary of an automobile and knowingly concealing stolen property; and Trae Cordell, 19, of Tahlequah, was arrested for burglary of an automobile.

Tahlequah Officer Brandon Vick responded just after midnight when a resident in the 200 block of Maple Street said her husband went outside and scared the suspects away from their vehicle. Vick arrived in the area and spotted Thompson and Cordell, along with a third person.

Thompson was “acting very nervous,” sweating profusely, and otherwise acting suspicious, Vick reported in his arrest affidavit. Thompson was placed into custody and into the back of Vick’s patrol car.

Victims of the alleged burglary told Officer Tony Aguilar that Thompson was next to their truck and Cordell was standing in the road, looking up and down the street, before they were scared away from the area.

Vick said he noticed Thompson moving around in the back seat of the patrol car. Vick noticed Thompson had his hands wrapped around his body and into his front pocket.

The victims of the burglary told police they were missing two Women, Infant and Children cards from the Cherokee Nation, along with a Walmart debit card, Cherokee Nation identification, and the face plate to a CD player.

Vick pulled Thompson out of his patrol unit and found a Cherokee Nation WIC card in the seat where Thompson had been sitting. The suspects all denied knowing to whom the card belonged.

Cordell and Thompson were both taken to the Cherokee County Detention Center, and the third man was released, according to Vick.

-- jnewton@tahlequahdailypress.com