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Police/Courts

July 15, 2013

Alleged burglar pocket dials 911 from cell phone during burglary

McALESTER — An alleged McAlester burglar pocket dialed 911 while burglarizing a house and police allegedly heard the man discussing what jewelry to take with a second alleged burglar.

“There was a 911 call made by an individual who was breaking into a residence on Peaceable Road, just south of McAlester,” said Pittsburg County Undersheriff Richard Bedford. “We believe the 911 call was made accidentally by pocket dialing. The two burglars were discussing what they were taking from the house.” Specifically, Bedford said the two men were talking about the jewelry they were allegedly stealing from the home while 911 dispatchers listened into the conversation.

Though the alleged burglar who accidentally called 911 has yet to be identified, the second alleged burglar was later identified as Payton Brewer, 23, of McAlester. Payton Brewer is the son of McAlester Fire Chief Brett Brewer.

Bedford said his men immediately responded to the call and when sheriff personnel arrived at home, the two alleged burglars had already left.

“We followed their trail,” Bedford said, “to the Gold & Silver Exchange on South Main Street.” Bedford said Payton Brewer was inside the Exchange. He “was inside with jewelry we believe came from the residence. We recovered quite a bit of property — including jewelry, a gun and tools.”

Payton Brewer was charged Monday in Pittsburg County District Court with one felony count of second degree burglary and one felony count of knowingly concealing stolen property. If convicted, he is facing up to seven years prison time on the burglary charge and up to five years on the other charge.

Payton Brewer is currently being held without bond at the Pittsburg County jail. He was unavailable for comment when this article was prepared for publication. MFD Chief Brett Brewer was also unavailable for comment when this article was prepared for publication.

Contact Rachel Petersen at rpetersen@mcalesternews.com.

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