Tahlequah police with the assistance of the department’s K-9 officers, Tedy and Duke, arrested a local man Friday afternoon on burglary and drug charges.

Detectives were wanting to speak to James Michael Osborn, 20, about some burglaries and saw him on the west side of the city. Osborn allegedly fled when officers attempted to approach him. Additional officers, including the department’s dogs, responded to the scene and Osborn managed to elude them for several minutes while they chased him on foot and in vehicles.

Tedy cornered Osborn and officers took him into custody. When he arrived at the city jail to be booked on the burglary charges, officers were doing a pat search before they placed him in a cell and found a substance believed to be methamphetamine and a green, leafy substance believed to be marijuana on Osborn.

Officers said Osborn allegedly broke into Jimmy Briggs home and took property from the home.

Police Chief Steve Farmer said several officers from all shifts were available to assist in the search and capture of Osborn because they were leaving municipal court.

“The teamwork was excellent,” he said. “Most of these officers rarely get the chance to work together and it went really well. The patrol officers and detectives also did a good job of working side by side.”

Farmer said the supervisors involved also did an outstanding job coordinating efforts in the incident.

“I’m well pleased with the way things went,” he said.


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