Tahlequah Daily Press

Crime & Courts

July 19, 2012

Suspect tries to steal central air units

TAHLEQUAH — A theft report filed July 13 with sheriff’s deputies indicates an unknown suspect tried to steal central air conditioning units from buildings on the Cherokee County Rodeo Grounds.

Evidence found at the scene included wire-cutters left hanging on the wires the suspect attempted to severe, but instead received a jolt of electricity. A front door was kicked in on the building leading up the announcer’s box, while unidentifiable tracks and footprints were found in the dirt.

Rebbeca Wolfe, of Tahlequah, filed a assault and battery report Tuesday following an altercation with a suspect who endangered her and another relative after drinking all day. Wolfe told deputies that the suspect became angry and began throwing things around the residence eventually grabbing and choking her as she attempted to leave the residence. The report indicated Wolfe was able to leave the scene and dial 911 from another location.

Cherokee Bell, of Proctor, spoke to sheriff’s deputies Tuesday about an assault and battery and vandalism. The woman told deputies the suspect was intoxicated and attempted to drive when she intervened. The report indicates Bell was going to drive the suspect, who became aggressive and bit Bell two to three times in the back as she exited the vehicle. Bell told deputies she doesn’t want to press charges, but wants the incident on record.

David Teehee, 29, of Tahlequah was arrested on Tuesday for public intoxication, domestic assault and battery in the presence of a minor. The report indicates Teehee was found hiding in a field behind the residence when deputies arrived on the scene in response to the 911 call.

Tiffany Walker, of Tahlequah, filed a threat report Tuesday to notify law officials a suspect made threats following a request to meet at Walmart to purchase pills. The woman told deputies the suspect has warrants out for his arrest and has verbalized intentions to flee the state.

Jeremy Gibbs filed a threat report Monday following a heated discussion with rental tenants who had been evicted for money owed. The report indicates the suspects threatened to destroy the property and cut Gibbs’ throat, saying he didn’t know who they were and what they were capable of.

Garden Walk Apartments spoke to sheriff’s deputies Tuesday to report a suspicious fire and possible arson in connection to an apartment where a suspect was discovered hiding in a closet during an inspection. The report indicates the suspect, who had been staying with the apartment tenant, had been banned for causing problems at the complex and was told to leave the premises or face legal consequences. According to the report, on the day of the fire, the suspect’s belongings were not in the same places they were the day before, when management was performing the inspection.

Steve Molloy filed an arson and theft report Tuesday following a suspicious fire at his Stickross residence. The report indicated a relative observed an older white Ford pickup parked next to Molloy’s vehicle as she drove by. Minutes later, neighbors and other relatives saw smoke and flames coming from Molloy’s residence. The residence’s back sliding door was found open, and locking mechanisms were missing from the door and from a gun safe in the garage. Items missing included an iPad and collectible coins, specifically two or three Sackajeweyah dollars 12 Kennedy half-dollars, 12 Bicentennial quarters, several wheat and silver pennies, 1978 and 1980 $2 silver certificates, a complete set of new U.S. state quarters in a collectible folder, and five buffalo nickels.

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