June 5, 2014

Burglar found hiding in stranger’s home

June 5, 2014 Staff Writer Cydney Baron

PRYOR, OK — When the alarm sounded at Advanced Auto Parts, Pryor, the store manager and Pryor Police Department came running.

The call was made around 3 a.m. Thursday.

“The manager was en route when he sees an employee he had recently terminated for suspicion of theft, running down the street carrying a bag,” said Pryor Police Officer Chuck Ward. “When we arrived at the store the window was smashed and the safe was open, though he didn’t have to force it open as he knew the combination.”

Another officer caught sight of the subject, later identified as Alexander Wilson, 22, in a spotlight, leading to an all-out search.

“We got some assistance from the county deputies, and the search dog as we set up a perimeter to search for the suspect. I went down the alley collecting money he had dropped while he was running, rolls of quarters, $5 bills, $10 bills,” said Ward.

Ward went to the suspect’s house and talked with his wife. The wife initially said she didn’t know where her husband was, but upon suspecting she may be in trouble herself told officers he went to rob Advanced Auto Parts, according to Ward.

“Around 5 a.m. a homeowner near Fifth and Garfield Streets came out to see what the police were doing. We told him what was going on and he said ‘I saw a pair of shoes in my house that weren’t there when I went to sleep.’ Officers searched the man’s home and found Wilson hiding in the utility room,” said Ward.

The homeowner said he did not know Wilson and had no idea a burglary suspect had been hiding in his home.

“The man said he heard a noise just after 3 a.m., looked around but didn’t see anything out of the ordinary, so he went back to bed,” said Ward, adding that Wilson was taken to Pryor Police Department to be interviewed.

In the course of the interview Wilson allegedly confessed to the burglary, saying he has a problem with money and drugs.

Wilson, who lives in Green Country Mobile Home community, had worked at Advanced for eight months before being terminated.

Ward said officers believe the full amount, $653, was returned to the store but they are awaiting an audit from the store to be sure.

Wilson was booked into Mayes County Jail with one count of second degree burglary for the store, and one count of first degree burglary for the home. He is being held on a $30,000 bond.

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