A local man faces felony charges after allegedly stealing two all-terrain vehicles from a local car lot and a bicycle from a local residence.
Bobby Eugene Waller Jr., 29, of McAlester, was charged Nov. 6 with two counts of felony larceny of an automobile, aircraft, or other motor vehicle and felony burglary in the first degree, according to documents filed by the office of District 18 District Attorney Chuck Sullivan.
Pittsburg County Jail records show Waller was being held Wednesday on a $10,000 bond for the two larceny charges and a $15,000 bond for the burglary charge.
In a report written by McAlester Police Officer Seth Leyba, officers were dispatched to a McAlester car lot to take a report on two stolen ATVs.
After arriving, the owner of the car lot told officers that when he arrived that morning, he noticed two ATVs were missing from underneath a carport. He also told officers that whoever stole the ATVs caused $1,500 worth of damage to a truck near another four-wheeler while attempting to steal that one, the affidavit states.
According to the report, the owner told officers that he reviewed surveillance camera footage and observed one of the ATVs pull out of the carport with a white man with a gray hoodie and a backwards ball cap leave to the east of the car lot.
Leyba wrote in his report he observed a fence that was knocked down and what appeared to be four-wheeler tracks going east through a yard and onto a street.
The officer later spotted from a parking lot of a convenience store a four-wheeler that matched the description of one that was stolen in the back of a pick-up truck located at a residence on South Second Street, the report states. When Leyba arrived at the residence, he also observed another four-wheeler underneath a tarp behind the residence, the affidavit states.
When asked about the two ATVs at the residence, the owner of the residence told the officer that Bobby Waller had been driving his truck for a couple of weeks and that Waller brought the ATVs to the residence earlier that morning, according to the affidavit.
Leyba wrote in his report that he was told that Waller left on a bicycle when he saw the officer knock on a door at a neighboring residence.
The owner of the ATVs was able to retrieve the four-wheelers from the residence, the affidavit states.
Later that day, MPD Officer Daryl Dayton was dispatched to a residence in south McAlester for a report of a bicycle that was stolen and the victim was following a man and a woman that were on bicycles, according to Dayton’s affidavit.
The victim told officers that the pair turned into a motel on South Main Street, the report states.
After two people pointed to officers where the suspects went, Dayton observed a woman crouching in tall grass near a creek that was behind the motel and heard a man’s voice and water splashing, the affidavit states.
Dayton wrote in his report that the woman began to slide down an embankment and the officer followed before finding that the woman and the man had given up.
The two suspects were taken into custody after the woman tried to pull her hands away from the officer, the affidavit states.
Waller admitted to officers that he went into the garage and stole the bicycle from the residence, the report stated.
Officers wrote in the affidavit that they reviewed the surveillance footage from the residence and observed Waller ride his bicycle into the garage and then leave while riding the stolen bicycle.
A woman who was inside of the residence at the time told the officers that she observed the man enter the garage and then leave with her son’s bicycle before she called her husband and the police, the affidavit states.
A supplemental information sheet prepared by the DA’s office shows Waller was convicted in 2009 for felony robbery in the first degree and was sentenced to 20 years in custody of the Oklahoma Department of Corrections with the last 10 years suspended. Pittsburg County District Court records show Waller also has misdemeanor convictions for DUI, drug possession, and petty larceny.
Waller is scheduled for a preliminary hearing conference hearing at 8:30 a.m. Nov 16.
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