Monday, July 19, 2021 - A Gans man was arrested June 25 and charged with third-degree burglary, court records show.
Michael Dale Henry, 41, faces up to five years in prison if he is convicted of the burglary charge. He was also charged with public intoxication, a misdemeanor punishable by up to six months of incarceration and a fine of up to $500. Henry was released on $7,500 bond. His next court appearance is set for 1:30 p.m. July 21.
On June 24, a pair of Sallisaw police officers were dispatched to the parking lot on the north side of the Cherokee Casino in reference to an intoxicated person.
When the officers arrived, they spoke to a security guard, who told them he had been notified about suspicious activity in the north parking lot. He said when he got to the north lot, he saw a white male, later identified as Henry, with no shirt or shoes on, trying unsuccessfully to enter a red Jeep Cherokee. The guard said he asked Henry if he was the Jeep's owner. Henry said no, then walked over to another car, a silver 2008 Chevrolet Trailblazer, and got inside it. The guard again asked Henry if that vehicle was his.
Henry again said it was not, so the security guard told him to get away from the car. Henry then reportedly walked over to a gray Toyota Avalon and tried to open the door on it.
Police were able to get a statement from the owner of the Chevy Trailblazer, who said she didn't notice anything missing from the vehicle.
Henry was transported to the Sallisaw Police Department and later taken to the Sequoyah County Detention Center.
Laura Brown, KXMX Staff Writer
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