Friday, December 16, 2022 - An arrest warrant was issued Dec. 13 for a Sallisaw woman charged with third-degree burglary and grand larceny, both felonies.
Cristal Lynn Brown Ragsdale, 35, could face up to five years in prison if she is convicted of the burglary charge. Grand larceny is punishable by imprisonment in the State Penitentiary for up to two years, by a fine of up to $1,000 or both, plus restitution.
On Oct. 22, a Sallisaw police officer took a report from Adam Walters about some stolen items. Walters said he was parked at the Cherokee Nation Casino visiting a friend. He stated that on Oct. 21, he discovered he was missing multiple miscellaneous items from his truck. He told police he believed Ragsdale was the suspect because he was staying at her trailer, and he said the vehicle was locked and Ragsdale was the only person with access to the keys.
Surveillance video of the incident revealed a dark-colored pickup parked in the casino’s northwest lot with a dark-colored SUV parked next to it. At 10:05 p.m. Oct. 21, an unknown person can be seen on the video exiting the SUV and removing items from the back of the truck. The person then got back in the SUV and exited the parking lot onto Ruth Avenue.
At 10:53 p.m. that same day, the SUV can be seen entering the casino parking lot, then parking behind the same truck. An unknown person then exited the SUV’s driver’s side. The person is then seen entering the truck and continuing to remove items from it. At 11:10 p.m., that same person got back into the SUV and drove away.
A look at casino surveillance video helped identify the suspect, who was reportedly well-known there. At the time of the incident, the casino had 19 other incidents on file regarding Ragsdale.
Laura Brown, Staff Writer
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