Skiatook boy finds woman in his house


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Reported by: Ian Silver
Updated: 1/10 5:19 pm Published: 1/10 4:55 pm


Skiatook police arrested a woman they said was caught burglarizing a home.

Now Skiatook police think they can tie 41-year-old Angela Peters to more than a dozen other burglaries.

FOX23's Ian Silver talked exclusively to the 12-year-old that police say found Peters in his home.

Daulton Henderson came home from school a little after 3 p.m. Thursday and saw a strange car in the driveway.

He said when he went inside, he immediately noticed something was wrong.

"Then I saw that all the drawers were like ripped out of my mom's dresser. So I looked around the corner and I saw her in my stepdad's closet," he said.

As quietly as he could, he ran out of the house and to the neighbor's to call 911.

"She didn't know I was there at all," he said.

His neighbor stood outside with a shotgun until police got there.

"(He) yells at her to stop and she takes off out the back. Another officer and I meet her around the side yard and take her into custody right there," said Officer Corey Stewart of the Skiatook police.

Daulton watched it all through his neighbor's window.

Police found drug paraphernalia on Angela Peters and several things they said she had stolen from the home.

"She was literally caught red-handed with stuff, so it's kind of hard to deny that," said Stewart.

Stewart said Peters' bad timing helped crack the case of the serial burglar.

"I think if she would have known what time it was she probably would have gotten out of there a little quicker. But she just happened to stay a little too long and it worked out good for us," said Stewart.

Later in the night Stewart responded to another home burglary where the person had broken in through a window.

As the victims described what was stolen, Stewart realized it was all stuff he had recovered from Peters' car.

"Link her to that one as well so far, so we added another charge to her on that one. And so there's no telling what could unfold from all this stuff," said Stewart.

Police started realizing Peters might have been the woman they had been looking for and may be involved in as many as a dozen more burglaries.

“Statistics usually show most of these break-ins are usually males. So, a female, probably if somebody sees that, it will stick out to them if you have an eye witness. So, we’ve been able to get good descriptions,” said Stewart.

One of those descriptions was from Eric Foutsch, who FOX23 talked to in November.

Foutsch caught a woman burglarizing his home, but she got away when he had trouble getting through to police.

Before that, witnesses to several burglaries described a petite blond woman as the suspect, with similar-looking getaway cars.

“Could be a coincidence, could be, like I said, we don’t know if they’re all linked together or not. Could be several people working together, or could be a few serial burglars,” said Stewart.

Daulton never intended to break open a case -- for him it was just a terrifying experience and a good story to tell his friends at school today.

"They said, 'Cool!' I'm like, 'It's not that cool cause they messed up our house a lot,'" he said.

Peters faces one count of second-degree burglary and two counts of knowingly concealing stolen property.


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