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March 24, 2013

Search turns up loot from burglaries

Suspect arrested; police try to find property owners

— Police have connected a Muskogee man to at least five burglaries and have reunited many recovered items with their owners, they said.

Police are seeking to identify the owners of the remaining items, which may connect the suspect to even more burglaries.

Jason Michael Fulton, 37, was arrested Thursday at a home in the 400 block of Elberta Street.

Inside the home, police found a treasure trove — jewelry, electronics and a number of smaller items.

Police Lt. Rob Frazier said Fulton had been connected to three home burglaries and two business burglaries.

“That’s just through people coming up here and looking through the items and going ‘Oh yeah, that’s mine,’” Frazier said.

Most of the recovered items have been relatively inexpensive jewelry and electronics.

“A lot of the expensive stuff is pawned immediately,” Frazier said.

Among the items whose owners remain unidentified are:

• A blue Miller welder that police believe was stolen from a pickup in Tulsa or Broken Arrow.

• A wooden ammunition crate full of silver items and knives.

• A gold ring embedded with more than a dozen diamonds.

Fulton is being held without bond at the Muskogee County/City Detention Center. A judge will set a bond Monday afternoon, and police expect it to be substantial.

“With his history, it will be high,” Frazier said.

Fulton was arrested on complaints of:

• Use of forged, revoked or stolen card.

• Possession of a firearm after former conviction of a felony.

• Second-degree burglary.

• Receiving stolen property.

His criminal history is extensive. He’s on probation for a number of burglary convictions in Oklahoma County. He was released from prison last August on convictions of second-degree burglary and concealing stolen property. During a five-year period beginning in 1997, Fulton was convicted of almost 50 felonies, ranging from assaults to drug offenses and burglaries.

Fulton was charged Feb. 15 with domestic assault and battery by strangulation. He posted $25,000 bond and was released Feb. 27. That was the first time he was charged in Muskogee County since Nov. 18, 2002, when he was charged with knowingly concealing stolen property and false declaration of ownership to pawnbroker after former conviction of a felony. He pleaded guilty to those charges and was sentenced to four years in prison.

Reach Dylan Goforth at (918) 684-2903 or dgoforth@muskogeephoenix.com.

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