A Warner man was arrested and booked into the Muskogee County/City Detention Facility after an alleged crime spree involving burglaries and arson.
Warner Police Chief Terry Thompson said Jonathan David Castleberry, 33, allegedly:
• Burglarized two vehicles.
• Set one vehicle on fire.
• Burglarized four houses.
• Set one house on fire.
Castleberry was arrested on complaints of arson, grand larceny, second-degree burglary, arson of a vehicle, theft of a motor vehicle, burglary of a vehicle and resisting arrest. Thompson said Castleberry resisted when arrested and had to be subdued by police officer Thomas Bell using a Taser.
Castleberry is held at the Muskogee County/City Detention Facility on $100,000 bond.
According to Thompson, Castleberry allegedly stole a motor vehicle about 8 p.m. Monday and burglarized another. He then crashed the stolen vehicle into a ditch.
Castleberry then is accused of leaving on foot and stealing items from a shed at 402 Third Ave. in Warner. While there, he allegedly set the house’s back porch area on fire. Bell was patrolling the area, noticed the fire, battled it down with a fire extinguisher and woke the sleeping homeowner, Joyce Baker.
“The damage was mostly cosmetic,” Baker said. “I was lucky, really lucky that it didn’t burn into the inside of the house. It could have been worse if it wasn’t caught in time.”
From there, Thompson said Castleberry allegedly burglarized and set another vehicle on fire, and burglarized three more houses.
“On the third one, the homeowner confronted him,” Thompson said. “The suspect took off on foot, and was arrested about two hours later.”
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