Tahlequah Daily Press

Crime & Courts

January 2, 2013

Sheriff's Beat - Woman arrested for shoplifting blames kleptomania for incident

TAHLEQUAH — A Tahlequah woman was taken into sheriff’s custody on Dec. 29 on shoplifting complaints. Amy Margret Lowry, 30, was booked into the Cherokee County Detention Center on petit larcency charges stemming from a Speedy’s 66 incident around 3:30 Saturday afternoon.

According to the report, Lowry entered the store, ordered a pizza then began to wander around the premises, stuffing items into her pockets. Beef jerky and peanuts were discovered on her person when deputies arrived on the scene.

Lowry, who told law officials that she is a kleptomaniac and can’t help herself from stealing, was still outside the store sitting in her car when she was apprehended. The report indicated that Lowry had enough money with her to pay for the stolen items, and that during a warrant check it was discovered she was wanted for failure to pay.

Danna Clayton filed a theft and intimidation report on Dec. 22, saying a known suspect entered her Canyon Road Estate residence while she was away visiting relatives. Clayton told investigators a witness telephoned her to tell her that her front door had been kicked in and the house was ransacked. The known suspect told Clayton that his vehicle had been impounded by the Wagoner County Sheriffs Office and was going to get it back one way or another. The witness told Clayton the suspect had called him repeatedly through the evening of the incident inquiring about the location of Clayton and her expected arrival home. The suspect is reported to have a protective order against him and that he later contacted Clayton threatening her to not seek burglary charges against him.

Jesse Keys filed a theft report on Dec. 10 to notify deputies that known suspects had removed his 2006 black and gray Polaris Outlaw Quad-ATV sometime during the night. Keys said the ATV was observed parked near his residence around 10:30 p.m. and was discovered missing at 7 a.m. Keys told law officials that the suspects had been interviewed by sheriff’s investigators a week prior to theft for taking a dog in the area, according to the report.

Jose Luis Quiroz, 34, of Park Hill was taken into custody Dec. 27 on complaints of domestic assault at the Southbreeze Trailer park.

David Chron Coffman, 34, of Webbers Falls, was taken into custody Dec. 30 on complaints of no drivers license, violation of protective order and kidnapping. A 17-year-old female was reported missing by relatives and was later discovered in Coffman’s pickup. According to the report, the relative told law officials that the juvenile was observed in her room when going to bed and was discovered missing the following morning. The relative told investigators that Coffman and the juvenile were believed to still be in the area, and Coffman’s vehicle was later spotted on U.S. Highway 62 west of Tahlequah where he was arrested. The juvenile was returned to her family and no injuries were reported.

James Eddy Smith, 46, of Tahlequah, was arrested on Dec. 29 on E. 626 Road for public intoxication. According to the report, Smith was observed standing on the side of the road when someone stopped to ask him if everything was OK. The report indicated the witnesses said Smith stated he was waiting for the police. When law officials arrived, Smith identified himself and presented red blood-shot and watery eyes, slurred speech, was unsteady on his feet and reported seeing cars that were not present, per the report. The deputy on the scene performed a field sobriety test, and reported Smith’s eyes showing signs of narcotics intoxication.

Elisbeth Barry filed a theft report on Dec. 22, saying she had discovered missing a hand gun that her deceased husband had kept under the bed. Barry told the deputy that no one had known of the gun’s location until after the death of her husband. She said she noticed the gun under the bed two weeks ago, but is now unable to locate the 45-caliber hand gun.

Mary Patrick filed a theft report on Dec. 28 to follow up on items ordered from Fingerhut.com, who reported the two pair of shoes, X-Box 360 with games and Kinect as being delivered by FedEx. The report indicated FedEx reported an unknown suspect signing for the items using the name “J.J.,” and reported three people at the residence at the time of the delivery. According to the report, Patrick told investigators she had spoken with neighbors and none reported receiving the items, which were collectively valued at $655.

Duane Hill spoke to deputies on Dec. 27 after discovering his Fort Gibson residence had been broken into while he was away. Items reported missing included an antique scale and two DVD players with remote controls. A booth was turned over and signs were discovered that suggested the suspects attempted to take the microwave, but left it at the residence.  On the day of the incident, witnesses in the neighborhood reported seeing a white, 4-door Chevy flatbed pickup in the area.

Jeraldine Gordon spoke to deputies on Dec. 17 to report threats made by a known suspect. Gordon told law officials that the suspect will not allow her to speak with a relative and threatened to burn down Gordon’s E. 782 Road residence if she attempted contact again.

Jimmy Hullinger filed a harassment report on Dec. 30, saying a known suspect had been sending threatening text messages over the past three weeks. The known suspect has a protective order against him filed by a relative of Hullinger.

According to a Dec. 18 report filed by Roberts Quarry in care of Justin Duty, a Woodall commercial office building was discovered to have been broken into, as the alarms were going off when the witness arrived on the scene. According to the report, a door was found cracked open and windows were found open inside the building. A few items were discovered resting on a chair in front of a window and nothing was reported missing. Blood was found on a window sill and railing behind the window.

A witness for Clear Creek Free Will Baptist Church filed a theft report on Dec. 30 after discovering items missing from the Hulbert church. The witness reported that he found the back door of the church had been kicked open and noticed soda and an acoustic guitar missing from the premises. The the trim on the back door was broken away from the molding and pry marks to the door and frame were discovered.

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