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July 3, 2014

City sees no serious crime on Tuesday

Four misdemeanor offenses make for unusually calm day

Muskogee was not free of reported crimes on Tuesday, but came very close.

There were only four misdemeanor offense signed complaints filed at the Muskogee Police Department on Tuesday, but none of the cases were considered a serious misdemeanor or a felony, said Cpl. Michael Mahan.

“We didn’t taken any offense reports with written statements,” he said.

Only citizen complaint forms were taken.

The lack of serious crimes reported is “still highly unusual to see,” Mahan said. “It’s a good thing.”

Police reports are usually completed for more serious offenses or when there is an unknown suspect, he said.

Mahan said he does not remember a day when no police reports were requested or taken.

All of the misdemeanor offense signed complaints will be handled through municipal court, he said. Offense signed complaints can involve two people, or a representative from a business may file a report for a misdemeanor shoplifting charge, which involves property with a value of $500 or less, he said.

But there were nine arrests in the city on Tuesday, Mahan said. The arrests were for outstanding warrants, public intoxication, driving under suspension and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Police Chief Rex Eskridge said he was delighted to learn there were no serious crimes reported Tuesday.

“Even though it may appear to be unique, I think it does indicate that we are effective at preventing serious crimes,” he said.

He added that Muskogee citizens are to be complimented also. The report “says some positive things about the department and our community,” he said.

One of the nine people arrested Tuesday was a Muskogee man who had 19 outstanding warrants — nine felonies and 10 misdemeanor counts.

David Beresovoy, 56, was taken into custody after police received a call of a man down near 10th and Boston streets, Mahan said. Beresovoy was found on the grass, and Officer Greg Foreman suspected he was under the influence of alcohol. He was taken into custody by Foreman without incident.

Mahan said reported crimes in Muskogee in 2013 included — one homicide, 22 forcible rapes, 35 robberies, 273 felonious assaults, 651 breaking and entering, 1,097 larcenies and 91 motor vehicle thefts.

Reach Anita Reding at (918) 684-2903 or areding@muskogeephoenix.com.

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