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March 26, 2013

Six arrested in area burglary ring

Multiple area agencies helped with investigation that led to busts

— Warner police arrested a sixth person Tuesday in the investigation into a burglary ring law enforcers broke up earlier this week.

Authorities with six different law enforcement agencies served a series of search warrants beginning Monday after Warner Police Department officer Steve Lane received information there was a “bunch of stolen property here in town.”

“After I got that information, I obtained the search warrants,” Lane said. “We served them at two different residences here, and right now I’d estimate we found about $20,000 worth of items.”

Arrested were:

• Brian Thomas Fraley, 26, booked into Muskogee County/City Detention Center on complaints of knowingly concealing stolen property.

• Kurt Nelson Beatty, 43, booked into Muskogee County/City Detention Center on complaints of failure to pay a Warner municipal offense, as well as a hold for McIntosh County.

• Joseph Daphton Rucker, 24, booked into Muskogee County/City Detention Center booked on complaints of failure to appear on two 2012 felonies.

• Megan Weston, booked into Sequoyah County Detention center for possession of drug paraphernalia.

• Ashley Wright, 24, booked into Muskogee County/City Detention Center on warrants for failure to pay.

• Earl Wayne Butler, 29, booked into Muskogee County/City Detention Center on complaints of knowingly concealing stolen property.

All six arrested were living in Warner, Lane said.

Fraley, Beatty, Rucker, Weston and Wright were arrested Monday, Lane said. Butler was arrested Tuesday afternoon. Lane said Fraley and Beatty admitted to a number of the burglaries.

Lane said Warner’s police department, along with officers from Porum, deputies from Muskogee County, McIntosh County and Sequoyah County, along with members of the U.S. Marshals service, conducted the searches.

Lane said they believe the burglaries stretched back as far as the middle of 2012.

“It’s taken a while to get the information we need to get to the responsible individuals,” Lane said. “Our information kind of ran dry for a while.”

Lane said the majority of the burglaries were residential, though some businesses were struck, as well.

“There was a convenience store in Porum where some tobacco was stolen,” Lane said. “We recovered some of the evidence from that one.”

Lane said the majority of the items recovered were electronics and jewelry, and authorities believe they know which counties the stolen items belong to.

“When I’m done with my inventory, I’ll start releasing the items to the right agencies,” Lane said, referring to local sheriff’s offices.

Fraley was charged Nov. 9, 2012, in Muskogee County District Court with second-degree burglary. Online court records state he appeared in court Jan. 18 for a preliminary hearing, which was reset for April 2. Fraley, who had bonded out of jail, was seeking in-patient treatment, according to court records.

Rucker pleaded guilty June 7, 2012, to attempted first-degree burglary, assault and public intoxication. He was given a 10-year suspended sentence, which was revoked less than five months later. Online court records state he was released Feb. 7, and a bench warrant for failing to appear to a judicial review was issued March 18.

It was the second large burglary ring busted in the last week in Muskogee County.

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

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