The Pryor Times

Crimes and courts

October 12, 2013

Couple charged in burglary

PRYOR, OK — An Adair couple is charged with the burglary of a Pryor hotel.

At 9:30 p.m. Oct. 6 Mayes County Sheriff's Office dispatched units to Comfort Inn in Pryor where George Graham and Debra Conklin were said to have broken into the cash drawer.

It started when the clerk working the desk received a phone call requesting additional towels be brought to room 321, the furthest room from the front desk. Once he saw the clerk had left the desk, Graham entered the building, located the key to the cash drawer and removed $240. He then locked everything back up, placed the key back where he found it and left the building. Graham's girlfriend, Debra Conklin, was fired from her position as manager of the hotel only weeks ago. Graham reportedly would sit with her for an entire shift and knew where the key and cash drawer were located.

Conklin made the phone call luring the desk clerk away, then waited in the vehicle for Graham to complete the burglary. The entire incident took roughly three minutes. Ward said the desk clerk, upon realizing she was sent on a wild goose chase, rushed back to the desk. The clerk said the phone call had not sounded like it was made from inside a hotel room. She immediately counted the drawer funds and called the authorities.

Upon reviewing the surveillance footage they identified the couple. Ward, along with the Adair Police Department, drove by the couple's home in Adair. Conklin even called Ward multiple times asking what the officers wanted and saying that Graham was in jail, which Ward said was not true.

The Adair Police officers drove by the home again, and found the couple was home. Ward arrived on the scene, the couple admitted to the crime and were arrested.

The two appeared for arraignment in the Mayes County District Court via video conference from the jail on Friday. Conklin appeared visibly agitated, shifting back and forth with her hands on her hips. They were each charged with a felony count of burglary in the second degree. Both cases were continued until the preliminary hearing sounding docket Nov. 14. Bond was set at $75,000 each.

Conklin is believed to have been involved in similar incidents at other hotels.

Graham has multiple prior felony charges including three counts of possession of a stolen vehicle.

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