Police stop several attempted burglaries in one night


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Updated: 8/29/2013 1:01 am Published: 8/29/2013 12:57 am


It wasn't a very well thought out heist for a trio of would-be thieves in Cherokee County.
The group tried to break-in to several businesses early Tuesday morning but weren't successful.

"There was a thud," said Raymond Goldman, owner of Computer Frog. "It woke me up."

The thud was the sound of a burglar trying to kick in the backdoor to the business next to his computer store and home.

"I walked to the backdoor. I heard voices. I walked 10 feet to the telephone and dialed 911,” he said.

The store owner told FOX23 he couldn't even put the phone down before police officers showed up.

"Within two to three minutes the area was saturated with police officers," he said.

The officers were tracking Marcus Stopp and two juveniles. Police say they received numerous calls about the trio trying to break in to businesses along Muskogee Avenue but each time they were unsuccessful.
The damage could be seen at Crossfit Gym where plywood covered a window police say Stopp, who was intoxicated at the time, hit with the palm of his hand to break.

"It's frustrating," said Josh Brinkley, one of the owners of the gym.

He told FOX23's Dontaye Carter this is the second time someone tried to break in to the gym. He said keys to other rooms and equipment in the gym were taken but he said the trio was scared off before anything was stolen.

"I would be willing to help anyone if you just ask; you don't have to take from me," he said.

The keys were found in a drainage ditch.

"When I approached the back of this business here there was a gas meter on the back side that was close to the roof," said Tahlequah Police officer Austin Yates.
He found Stopp and the two teens hiding on a roof. Yates says catching Stopp was a priority because of his past.
"One of the male suspects we dealt with has made numerous threats in the past about shooting officers on scene."

"The life of crime, you may get away with it for a little while but eventually someone will report you," said Goldman.

Stopp faces burglary charges. Some business owners say they've been broken into before on Muskogee avenue and fixing the damage usually cost more than replacing the product.



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