(Stillwater, Okla.) — A former Cushing man has been charged with breaking into the Cushing Police Department’s off-site evidence storage room at the city-owned Fountain Bleau Apartment complex in Cushing, which has no tenants.
    Dalton Dash Brown, 26, who now lives in Stroud, is alleged to have committed the burglary three days after he posted bail on an earlier Cushing burglary charge.
    Brown remains free on $10,000 total bond and is due to appear in Payne County District Court Wednesday afternoon on both second-degree burglary charges.
    Cushing police were called on Nov. 27 on a report that a burglary had possibly occurred at the city-owned apartment complex from which all tenants had been removed, court records show.
    “Evidence from the evidence room was found opened and on the floor,” of the apartment being used for storage by the Cushing Police Department, according to an affidavit by Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation Agent Michael Dean.
    The break-in to the Cushing Police Department evidence room was investigated by the OSBI at the request of Cushing Police Chief Terry Brannon.
    Latent prints were located on the wall around the hole between two apartments, placed into a data base, and found to match those of Brown, the OSBI agent’s affidavit alleged.
    Brown was arrested by the OSBI agent when Brown arrived for court at the Payne County Courthouse the following day on his earlier burglary charge, court records show.
    “Brown admitted he had gone to the Fountain Bleau Apartment complex to try and locate copper plumbing. Brown was going to cut the copper pipes and sell them,” the affidavit alleged.
    “Brown forced entry into an apartment in the center of the complex. Inside, he cut a copper water line and water began to spray from the pipe, so Brown abandoned the idea of getting copper pipe,” the affidavit alleged.
    Brown noticed that one apartment was boarded up and thought that there might be something of value inside — so he kicked open the door to an adjacent apartment, which had a common drywall with the apartment where the evidence was stored, the affidavit alleged.
    After kicking out the drywall between the apartments, “Brown went through the opening he created in the wall and found the room contained evidence,” the affidavit alleged.
    Brown opened sacks, and then the alarm to the apartment containing the evidence began to sound, the affidavit alleged.
    “Brown grabbed two pistols and one rifle and left the apartment,” the affidavit alleged.
    Brown sold the two pistols for cash and gave the rifle to a Cushing man to dispose of, the affidavit alleged. That man has not been charged in the burglary, court records show.
    “Brown admitted he took the guns to sell so he could get money to pay off individuals for posting his bond on a previous arrest,” the affidavit alleged.
    Just three days earlier, Brown had been released from the Payne County Jail on $2,500 bond on a charge of breaking into the office for Allied Waste in Cushing, court records show.
    If convicted of his two-second degree burglary charges in Payne County, Brown could be given a 14-year prison term.
    Lincoln County court records show that Brown is currently on five years’ probation for knowingly concealing stolen property in Stroud last year.
 

Original news release: Cushing man arrested in connection with evidence room burglary  (Cushing, Okla) – Sunday, November 27, 2011, just after 8:30 a.m., Cushing police responded to a call to the Fountaine Bleau Apartments, 1428 S. Little Avenue, after a maintenance worker reported finding a door open on a vacant apartment. Master Police Officer Bill McCarty and Lucas Armenta responded to investigate the open door.

When police arrived and checked the inside of the apartment, they found the wall separating the vacant apartment and the police evidence room had been breached. Police secured the building, later searching the police property room, finding no suspects.

After learning of the burglary, Chief Terry Brannon contacted the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation for investigative and technical assistance.

“The reason I called the O.S.B.I. was to protect the integrity of the police department and those whose cases could be directly affected by the burglary,”  Brannon said. “When you are challenged with a situation like this one, it requires an agency to think beyond its own reputation. In the end, it is about our credibility with the people and those we serve whether it be victims or defendants,” he said.

Property taken from the police property room was recovered Tuesday evening by the O.S.B.I. and Cushing police. A 2-day-long integrity audit of the property room determined all evidence was accounted for.

Monday, O.S.B.I. agents and Cushing police arrested Cushing resident Dalton Dash Brown, 26, at the Payne County Courthouse while he was appearing on another burglary case. Additional charges are expected to be filed. Others connected to the burglary are expected to be charged in the coming days.

“I want to thank the O.S.B.I. for its investigative and technical assistance,” Brannon said. “The agents and criminalists sent to Cushing represent some of the most committed, competent law enforcement professionals in Oklahoma, which is reflected in our cooperative effort to solve this crime.”

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