Tahlequah Daily Press

August 28, 2013

Trio arrested after being snared in business break-ins

Staff Writer

TAHLEQUAH — jnewton@tahlequahdailypress.com

Three people were arrested early Tuesday morning after they were caught trying to break into several businesses before hiding out on the roof of a downtown building.

Marcus Stopp, 20, was booked into the Cherokee County Detention Center for first-degree burglary, second-degree burglary, and public intoxication. Two others, both juveniles, were arrested and sent to a lockup facility after bonds were set.

Tahlequah police responded after witnesses said the trio had broken into or attempted to break into several businesses along several blocks of Muskogee Avenue before 5 a.m. They also allegedly broke into an occupied residence.

When police responded, Stopp and the two juveniles ran from the scene. Tahlequah Police Chief Nate King said Officer Austin Yates later spotted the three men hiding on the roof of a nearby building.

Officers made their way onto the roof and arrested the three. Tahlequah firefighters then responded with a ladder truck to help remove the suspects from the roof of the building.

“The entire night shift was working on the case, and I appreciate them going above and beyond,” said King. “Without the effort they put in, those guys would have never been seen. The suspects were within 50 feet of the officers who were on Muskogee Avenue, out of site on the roof, and Officer Yates came in from the west side, off of College Court, and spotted them on the building.”