By: Patti Weaver
(Stillwater, Okla.) — A 20-year-old Cushing man remained in the Payne County Jail this morning on $5,000 bail on charges of breaking into a Subaru under a carport and a detached garage, both in the 700 block of E. 3rd Street in Cushing on July 4.
The suspect, Brandon Wendell Hill, was allegedly observed on surveillance video while committing the crimes, according to an affidavit by Cushing Police Officer Christopher Haywood, who was sent to the owner’s property shortly before noon on July 4.
Hill has been ordered to appear in court with an attorney on Tuesday on the two-count felony burglary charge punishable on conviction by as much as 12 years in prison and a $20,000 fine, court records show.
The owner “advised he had video of the suspect getting inside his vehicle at about 1:50 a.m. that morning,” the affidavit alleged.
The video “showed a white male wearing a white tank top entering a 2018 Subaru Outback, followed shortly by him entering the detached garage, west of the Subaru. The male appeared to also be wearing a light-colored bandana and has a round-shaped tattoo on his right shoulder,” the affidavit alleged.
“While watching the video, I identified the subject in the video as Brandon Hill. I made a recording of the video showing Hill entering the Subaru and the detached garage,” the Cushing officer wrote in his affidavit.
“In the video, Hill approaches the green Subaru, which is parked under (the owner’s) carport and opens the driver’s door. Hill immediately begins searching (the owner’s) vehicle for valuables. Hill can occasionally be seen collecting unidentifiable items and pocketing them.
“After a short time, Hill leaves (the owner’s) Subaru and enters the door to his detached garage, which is directly next to the Subaru. Hill can be seen entering the garage and turning the light on inside,” the affidavit alleged.
“At about 12:34 p.m., I located Hill walking southbound on Hough from Oak,” according to the affidavit by the Cushing officer, who asked Hill to speak to him.
“Hill agreed and I presented the video to him, as it was recorded on my department-issued camera. I advised Hill that the victim had not yet decided whether they wished to pursue charges and asked Hill if he could return the items. Hill advised he could retrieve the items,” the Cushing officer alleged in his affidavit.
After placing Hill into investigative detention and transporting him to the owner’s property, the Cushing officer told the owner that “I had Hill detained and advised him that Hill could either be prosecuted or Hill would return the items,” the affidavit alleged.
The owner “advised he wished to pursue charges,” the affidavit said.
At 12:46 p.m. on July 4, Hill was arrested and taken to the Cushing City Jail, the affidavit said.
“During Hill’s book-in, Hill had a yellow bandana in his right pocket and had a round tattoo on his right shoulder. When I noticed this, I remarked to Hill that the tattoo and bandana appeared to be the same. Hill then confessed and made the open statement that he steals to support,” a family member, the Cushing officer alleged in his affidavit.