The Pryor Times

Crimes and courts

September 28, 2013

One in the attic, one in a tent

PRYOR, OK — Pryor Police locate burglary suspects in unusual places.

Pryor resident Milynda Rhoads returned home after several weeks out of town  to find her house had been robbed. After reporting the incident to the Pryor Police Department, a customer at Joe's Convenience store overheard Rhoads talking about the burglary. The other customer told Rhoads, who advised the police, that she believed she knew where her belongings were. The police followed the tip and arrived at the residence of Robert Riley, also called “JR” and his girlfriend Jessica Chambers.

Chambers told the officers Riley, was not home but that he “brings stuff home often.” She told officers that Riley says he gets the stuff from his uncle. Chambers then signed a consent form allowing the officers to conduct a search of the residence. During the search, multiple items that Rhoads had reported stolen were found in the residence; a power washer, Indian sculpture, wheelbarrow, miscellaneous home items, patio table, picnic table, copper coil and a stainless steel grill.

The probable cause affidavit states that the copper line had been cut on the central heat and air unit at Rhoads' residence.

Medication, a television, a child's seat, pictures and wall hangings were also reported stolen from the residence.

The following day, officers received notice that Riley was back at his residence. Once again, Chambers allowed officers inside but stated that Riley was not home.

Upon entering the home, officers heard a loud noise coming from the back bedroom. Two officers entered the room as a subject, Riley, was crawling through a small hole in the ceiling into the attic.

“After a short time of asking the subject to come down, he agreed and exited the attic,” according to the probable cause affidavit.

Riley was taken into the police department for questioning at which time he said he believed the victim's house was empty; that he had looked in the windows and saw that no one was home. He advised the officer that he entered the back yard, which was fenced in, and took a ladder, picnic table, stainless steel spa, wheelbarrow, folding ladder,  small picnic table and a laptop computer. Riley said his associate entered the house and took several green tote bags containing unknown items. Riley said the tote bags were at his residence because “his associate did not have a place to store them.”

“Riley also advised that it took two trips to get the items to his uncle's house, where he said he stored items after he took them,” the affidavit states.

Riley then identified his associate as “Natedawg” who the affidavit identifies as Edward Hammack.

During questioning Riley said the last time he saw Hammack he was walking with sacks toward the  Washington School building. Riley accompanied the officers to the school at which time he pointed out a house, saying Hammack lived in a tent behind the residence.

Hammack was arrested and appeared in Mayes County District Court arraignments Wednesday. He appeared via video conference from the Mayes County Jail. Judge Rebecca Gore read him his rights accompanying a felony count of second degree burglary after three former felony convictions. Gore told him the charge can carry no less than six years and no more than a life sentence. Hammack's case was continued to the preliminary hearing sounding docket Nov. 14. Per the state's recommendation, Hammack's bond was set at $50,000.

Riley was arraigned a week prior and his case was continued to Sept. 26. The initial bond was set at $10,000.

According to Pryor Police Detective Kevin Lanham, Riley was involved in a separate burglary charge in early September.

REC Electric in Pryor reported several items stolen causing officer Michael Moore to surveil the business one night. Following an investigation Riley was charged with entering with intent to steal copper and possession of stolen copper. Riley was arraigned on that charge Sept. 17 at which time the case was continued until the preliminary hearing sounding docket Oct. 10. Bond in that case was set at $15,000.

According to the affidavit, Hammack has an extensive criminal history that includes driving under the influence of alcohol under age 21, four counts of public intoxication, two counts of possession of marijuana and carrying weapons unlawfully.


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