Deputies arrest marijuana burglary suspect
On 09/12/20 Wagoner County Deputies W. Sieg, M. Mccleod, and E. Patrick were dispatched to the area of 71st and 221st. (Timber Brook Area) to look for a suspicious male. Upon arriving in the area, Deputies located the male subject. When the deputies located him, he was urinating in a secluded area. Additionally, deputies discovered a backpack nearby that contained freshly pulled medicinal marijuana plants as they were speaking to him. Deputies observed green "grass" stains on the male subjects hands leading the deputies to believe the male had possibly stolen the plants. When questioned by deputies it was discovered that the suspect did not have a medical marijuana card.
Due to deputies knowing the area and being proactive in community relations, a short time later they had located the potential victim. Deputies met with the victim and discovered that the male had burglarized a citizen's personal medical marijuana grow. Deputies continued to investigate and discovered the male broke into the grow and caused approximately $6,000 worth of damage.
The suspect was identified as Daniel Russell of Coweta, OK. He was taken into custody without incident and transported to the Wagoner County Detention Center. His anticipated charges are the following: Petit Larceny, Grand Larceny, 2nd Degree Burglary, Vandalism, Knowingly Concealing Stolen Property, and Possession of Medical Marijuana without a Card.
Wagoner County Sheriff Chris Elliott encourages the use of surveillance equipment on any property that you have. Deputies used security footage to positively identify the suspect and it additionally showed the suspect in possession of the backpack. This will improve the chances of a successful case if photographs or video can be used to immediately identify a suspect upon them committing a crime.