Investigation continues into September home invasion
By Zach Maxwell
Durant police are actively investigating a reported home invasion-style robbery which was reported in September.
Police confirmed this week that they are still investigating the incident as a robbery. According to the victim, a 16-year-old boy, three masked men entered his home on Sept. 18 and bound him with duct tape.
The boy told police that the men took several rifles and crossbows from the home on East Main Street.
“(The victim) advised he was able to free himself after the subjects left, and he ran for help,” states a narrative in a search warrant filed on Oct. 23.
Police investigators located some of the stolen rifles and two crossbows at regional pawn shops.
Investigators have spoken to the suspect of an unrelated case who admitted to selling the weaponry at pawn shops. But the suspect, Shawn Halley, told police that he and another man conned some teenagers out of the weapons which the boys had stashed in some tall grass on Highway 78.
The second suspect told police a different story about how they obtained the weapons, according to the search affidavit.
“(He) gave a conflicting statement about where and how he and Halley obtained the guns,” states the search warrant. “(He) denied ever going to get the guns out of the grass and stealing them from the teenage kids.”
The warrant was signed by a local district judge on Oct. 16 to look into electronic data stored on Halley’s cellular phone. The data extraction occurred on Oct. 17, according to the search warrant.
No charges have been filed in this case, however Halley is awaiting the outcome of felony charges of second degree burglary and methamphetamine possession which were filed in October.
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