Three Arrested In Picher Museum Robbery
PICHER, OK-- Three suspects have been arrested in connection with a burglary at the"Past Time Mini Museum" in Picher, according to the Ottawa County Sheriff's Office.
It happened just after 2:00 Monday afternoon.
Ottawa County Sheriff Terry Durborow says the owner, Steve Ray, told deputies he noticed a vehicle sitting in the alley behind the museum. Ray says he grabbed a 9 mm pistol and returned to the building where he noticed the back door had been forced open.
Ray told deputies he entered the building and found two suspects inside. Deputies identified the suspects as 22-year-old Gloria Story and 24-year-old Jeremiah Garibay.
He told deputies the suspects exited the building, where they tried to get into a vehicle and leave the scene. Ray says he fired three rounds from his 9mm pistol to keep the vehicle from getting away. Deputies say the vehicle's front and rear passenger tires were hit, as well as the engine block.
Deputies say Ray then held Garibay at gunpoint, flagged down a passing motorist to call the Sheriff's Office, and waited for deputies to arrive.
Story, Garibay, and 23-year-old Jacob Cowley were arrested. They were booked into the Ottawa County Jail on $20,000 bond each.
During the investigation, deputies discovered Cowley had also entered the museum with the intent of taking items from inside but had fled before Ray showed up.
Deputies also discovered the suspects had stolen property from Lonnie Garner, another Picher landowner. Authorities called Garner and he was able to identify the stolen property.
Deputies say Crowley, Story, and Candice Amos had driven from the Durant area to Picher to visit Garibay, who was in drug treatment.
Amos was not arrested. Deputies say she had nothing to do with the burglaries.
Steve Ray was not arrested.