September 19, 2013
Three intruders entered a Durant home and bound a teenager with duct tape Wednesday evening, Durant Police said, late Thursday morning.
Capt. Ben Veenstra said three people forced their way into a home at approximately 8:45 p.m. in the 1400 block of East Main Street. One person knocked on the front door and forced his way in and two others entered the back door.
The then bound the 16-year-old boy with duct tape and stole guns and electronics from the home, according to Veenstra, who said the intruders were wearing masks and the victim was not sure if he knew them. They were described as white males.
The boy freed himself after they left and went to a neighbor’s to call for help.
Anyone with information is encouraged to call Durant Police at 924-3737.
In other crimes, two people were found guilty during jury trials held this week. Robert Eugene Mead, 59, Durant, was found guilty of felonioulsy pointing a firearm. Jurors set punishment at a minimum of one year in prison and formal sentencing was set Oct. 15.
He was accused of pointing a rifle at Shirley and James Stewart in 2012 during a dispute over a property line in the 3400 block of North 49th Avenue.
A jury convicted Michael Wayne Blanton, 43, Durant, of possessing a firearm after felony conviction and set punishment at 20 years in prison. Blanton, who has a prior conviction for unlawful delivery of marijuana, was charged in February of this year after officers found a pistol inside a couch, according to court papers. He was also found guilty of felony domestic assault and battery by strangulation and misdemeanor domestic abuse. Jurors recommended three years in prison on the strangulation conviction and one year in jail for the misdemeanor conviction. Sentencing for Blanton was set Oct. 24.
Sheriff’s deputies have investigated several thefts recently. Berdie Flowers told Deputy Johnny Bates that a.357-magnum revolver was stolen from the garage of her Sterrett Road home in Calera.
Bates investigated the theft of copper wire from Cherokee Telephone Company on Upper West River Road. Mark Canasco, a work crew supervisor, told Bates that the pedestal and cable line had been stolen. Damage was almost $4,000. This was the third time in a week that copper cable has been stolen from Cherokee Telephone in the Colbert area.
Several bracelets and a phone battery charger were stolen from Mary Price’s vehicle on Wren Road in Colbert, according to a report by Bates. The victim said her car was unlocked.
A four wheeler was stolen from underneath Michael Brent Pickett’s porch on Fish Hatchery Road, according to a report by Deputy Eric Shane Guhl.