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Vian man charged with first-degree burglary

Monday, October 24, 2022 - A felony arrest warrant was issued Oct. 19 for a Vian man charged with first-degree burglary and two misdemeanors.

Cody Risley, 29, could face up to 20 years in prison on the burglary charge. He was also charged with petit larceny, which carries a penalty of up to six months in the county jail and a fine of up to $500, and false declaration of ownership in pawn, which is punishable by up to six months in the county jail or a fine of up to $1,000.

On Oct. 7, a Sallisaw police lieutenant was dispatched to 826 W. Cherokee, No. 11, to take a stolen property report from Jimmy Skelton. When the officer arrived, Skelton stated that while he was taking a nap in the back of the apartment, someone entered his home and stole his TV. Skelton didn’t know the make, model or size of the television, but his landlord had given him video footage, which the lieutenant was able to review.

The video showed a white male exiting Skelton’s apartment carrying a flat-screen TV.

The lieutenant was able to access a database that shows all pawn transactions in the United States and based on his research it was determined that Risley had sold a TV to a local pawn shop around the time of the burglary at Skelton’s residence.

On Oct. 11, two SPD officers went to Risley’s known address to follow up on the investigation. Risley told the officers he had purchased the television from someone else and that he had sold it to the pawn shop.

He was unable to confirm any details of this story.

When he was shown the video footage from Skelton’s apartment, Risley admitted that he took the television from the residence. He said he stepped into the house and announced his presence, but no one answered him. Risley said he then grabbed the TV and left.

Laura Brown, Staff Writer

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