McALESTER, Okla. — Two individuals have been charged with possessing a stolen vehicle after a local police officer spotted the car parked outside a local hotel.
Billy Frank Perkins, 34, of Muskogee, and Melissa Renee Welch, 24, of Oktaha, are also charged with an additional felony count of “possession of a credit card belonging to another.”
They also face misdemeanor charges of knowingly concealing stolen property, such as keys and wallets that were reported stolen, as well as possession of a controlled dangerous substance, methamphetamine.
Perkins remained in the Pittsburg County Jail early Wednesday with his bond set at $15,000 on the Pittsburg County charges. Arkansas has requested a “hold” on Perkins in connection with a felony warrant from that state.
Welch remained jailed early Wednesday with her bond set at $7,500 on the Pittsburg County charges.
In a probable cause affidavit, McAlester Police Officer Daniel McHenry said he spotted a white Honda Electra parked at the McAlester Holiday Inn Express on Sept. 4. He said he had read a report and in the media saw a picture of a white car for which police were searching. McDaniel said he checked the tag and the dispatcher informed him the car had been reported stolen from Muskogee.
McHenry said he saw someone open the curtains in a room and look at him as he was walking up to the vehicle, so he called for backup from another officer.
Officer Richard Bedford arrived at the scene and McHenry knocked on the door. No one answered it initially, but when he knocked harder, a woman answered by saying “hold on,” McHenry said.
A man, later identified as Perkins, answered the door and was detained. The woman, later identified as Welch, also came to the door and was detained, McHenry said.
When Perkins was asked if that was their vehicle, he told McHenry they had walked there, the report states. After some further identification procedures, McHenry checked for warrants and found there was an Arkansas warrant issued for Perkins in a burglary case. Perkins and Welch were both placed under arrest and transported to the Pittsburg County Jail.
When it was determined the property at the hotel could not remain in the room, police inventoried the property and held it for evidence.
“Inside the room were several Walmart bags with food, clothes, cell phones, speakers, bags and other new merchandise,” McHenry said in the affidavit. Also inside the room were several wallets with several identification cards, credit cards and gift cards, with cards and personal information on nine individuals, McHenry continued.
McHenry also reported finding a key with a key fob to a Hyundai and a Nissan key fob. He also reported finding a case for glasses with a clear baggie containing a crystal-like substance.
Police also impounded and inventoried the vehicle parked outside the room. Inside the vehicle police found a new Bosch Bluetooth stereo, boots, shoes and a set of cordless power tools, McHenry said in the affidavit.
District 18 District Attorney Chuck Sullivan filed a supplemental information in the case showing Perkins has a Sept. 28, 2016, Pittsburg County conviction on two counts of second-degree burglary, along with charges of endangering others while fleeing and running a roadblock. He was sentenced on all counts to 10 years, with all but the first five years suspended, court records state.
Perkins also has a Muskogee County convictions on two counts of knowingly concealing stolen property, and had five year suspended sentences on both counts, according to court records.
In addition, Perkins has 2004 Tulsa County convictions of assault and battery, felonious, with a deadly or dangerous weapon, possession of a stolen vehicle and attempting to elude an officer. On the assault and battery charge, he was sentenced to nine years and nine months in prison; on the possession of stolen vehicle charge, he was sentenced to five years in prison and on the attempting to elude charge, he was sentenced to five years.
Concerning the latest charges, conviction of a stolen credit card is punishable by from one to five years in prison, a fine of from $500 to $5,000, or both.
Conviction of possessing a credit card belonging to another calls for up to three years in prison, a fine up to $3,000, or both.
A misdemeanor conviction of knowingly concealing stolen property in punishable by up to six moths in the county jail, a fine of not more than $500, or both.
Also, a misdemeanor conviction of possession of a controlled dangerous substance, methamphetamine, is punishable by not more than a year in jail and a fine not exceed $1,000.
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