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Homeowner holds two burglars without firing a shot

Originally ran here as:
"Burglary foiled"
"Homeowner holds two suspects at gunpoint"
By KIMBERLY D. MORAVA
Shawnee News-Star Staff Writer
Sunday, July 29, 2001

 

Shawnee, Oklahoma -- The efforts of two alleged home burglars on the prowl Friday were foiled when a homeowner confronted and held them at gunpoint until the law arrived.

Pottawatomie County sheriff's deputies arrested two suspects at 15709 Crosslin Road Friday evening, said Detective Tracy Warkentien.

Joshua McCalister, 18, was held in the Pottawatomie County jail on $3,000 bond Friday night on the complaint of burglary in the first degree, he said.

A 16-year-old male was held on complaints of burglary in the first degree and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, he added. The juvenile remained at Carter Hall Juvenile Detention Center Friday night on a $5,000 bond, he added.

Warkentien said the sheriff's department was notified at 5:49 p.m. Friday of two men kicking in a garage door and gaining entry into the home on Crosslin Road.

Homeowner Thomas Winter, armed with a pistol, reportedly confronted the two suspects in the entry hall, Warkentien said.

The juvenile suspect, allegedly armed with a sawed-off .410 shotgun, started running up the stairs, Warkentien said, before the homeowner was able to get both suspects on the ground at gunpoint.

Winter held both suspects at bay until deputies arrived.

Sgt. Randy Willis, who was near the area, was dispatched to the home and arrived on the scene within three minutes, Warkentien said.

Both suspects were taken into custody without incident, he said.

Warkentien and Undersheriff Dwight Gardner also responded and assisted at the scene.

Because the homeowner was at the home during the incident, the law allows for both suspects to be held on the complaint of burglary in the first degree, Warkentien noted.

No formal charges have been filed in this case.


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