The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

Crime & Courts

December 11, 2013

Quapaw area man facing charges in center break-in

QUAPAW, Okla. — Oklahoma authorities caught a suspect in a burglary of the Peoria Tribe Aquatic Center in the act of trying to sell some of the stolen property at a local salvage yard.

The Ottawa County Sheriff’s Department said Toby Myers, 27, was arrested Tuesday at Briscoe Salvage near Quapaw when he tried to sell two condensers that had been removed from large air-conditioning units stolen during a break-in at the aquatic center that was discovered earlier the same day.

Myers was arrested on suspicion of possessing stolen property and second-degree burglary. He appeared Wednesday in Ottawa County District Court and was ordered held on $10,000 bond.

The sheriff’s office said the suspect, who resides in the Quapaw area, cooperated with investigators after his arrest and led them to a garage at a residence in Peoria, where the remaining property stolen from the aquatic center was recovered.

An officer with the Bureau of Indian Affairs discovered the burglary Tuesday morning. Entry had been forced through a locked gate to the property and to each of the center’s four buildings.

Two large air-conditioning unites, two generators, two welding helmets, a welder, fuel cans, a Bushnell range finder, a reciprocating saw, a cordless drill, an angle grinder, a chain saw, two cutting torches, gas bottles and other items were stolen in the break-in.

The sheriff’s office said a second suspect in the burglary has been developed but has yet to be charged.

The Peoria Tribe of Oklahoma operates the aquatic center, which is involved in the breeding and study of the Neosho River’s madtom catfish.

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