By JOSH NEWTON
Prosecutors have filed formal charges against a Tahlequah man who allegedly admitted to selling stolen jewelry to a local business.
Tanner Ray Sallee, 20, is charged with two counts of second-degree burglary. Prosecutors allege Sallee broke into Maci Jessie’s vehicle and a vehicle belonging to Tamara Pitts on Aug. 21.
Jessie reported a ring and watch had been stolen from her vehicle. According to Tahlequah Detective Jeff Haney, investigators learned two days later that Sallee took Jessie’s jewelry and sold it to a local jeweler for $400. Sallee used his identification when selling the items, and Haney was able to contact Sallee, who agreed to an interview.
Sallee allegedly admitted to Haney that he burglarized the vehicles and sold the property to a local business. Detectives learned Sallee allegedly sold jewelry to the business at least 10 times in recent months.
“He admitted that he has sold class rings and other items he has ‘found’ and that he has sold for other kids in the skate park,” Haney wrote in his affidavit. “He said he knows the items are probably stolen but did not want to mention any other names.”
Each second-degree burglary count is punishable by two to seven years in prison.