Cushing Man Gets 6 Months in Jail for Museum Break-In
(Stillwater, Okla.) -- A Cushing man has been given a six-month jail term followed by seven years of probation for breaking into Dodrill's Museum in Cushing in January, court officials said Tuesday.
Lewis Allen Summers Jr., 37, also must pay restitution, the amount of which has not yet been determined, and a $100 fine, as part of a plea bargain approved in court Friday.
Asked why he committed the crime, Summers said "he was strung out on dope and addicted to meth," Cushing Police Chief Detective Adam Harp wrote in an affidavit.
"Summers said that he also took the property because he was trying to get a place to stay," for a woman and himself, the affidavit said.
The museum's owner, Richard Dodrill, "reported that an old six-shot black powder replica revolver, several rocks and about $10 were missing from the business that he noticed at that time.
"Dodrill reported that the rocks were taken from the shelf, but were not valued pieces and that the money was taken from the fish tank where money is donated for the museum," the Cushing detective wrote in his affidavit.
"On Feb. 10, 2012, I received information from a reliable source that Lewis Summers aka 'LA' was responsible for breaking into the Dodrill's Museum and taking a revolver, long rifle, money from the fish tank and a cowboy hat," the detective wrote in his affidavit.
The following day, Summers was arrested in Stillwater on Payne County warrants, the affidavit said.
Summers subsequently admitted that he broke into Dodrill's Museum by using a hammerhead to break the front glass door at about midnight, the affidavit said.
"Summers admitted that he took about $10 in cash from the fish bowl. Summers said that he took the pellet rifle that was up against the wall, telescope which was located on a shelf in the hallway, cowboy hat located in the front corner area and the replica revolver from the shelf," the affidavit said.
Summers said that he was in the museum for two or three minutes before leaving through the back door and putting the stolen property outside the nearby residence of his girlfriend's relative between a garage and house, the affidavit said.
"Summers said that the next day that he stashed the stolen property at the abandoned apartment that they were staying by placing them underneath the mattresses.
"Summers said that he later pawned the telescope and pellet rifle. Summers said that he kept the straw cowboy hat and sold the replica revolver to Red because he knew that he liked guns," the affidavit said.
Summers said that he got $50 for the replica revolver, which was recovered along with the cowboy hat, the affidavit said.
The pellet rifle and the telescope/surveying tool were sold to two different pawn shops in Stillwater, the affidavit said.
Also in court Friday, Summers was ordered to pay $5,996 restitution for passing six bogus checks between May and August of 2011, on Payne County Bank in Perkins.
Also Friday, Summers was given concurrent six-month jail terms for two misdemeanors:
* obstructing a Stillwater police officer investigating a report of two individuals rummaging through an incinerated house on Nov. 6, 2011, by giving a false surname;
* driving a pickup truck at Highway 51 and Fairgrounds Road in Stillwater on a suspended license on May 14, 2011.
Another charge of dumping trash on public property one-quarter mile west of 19th and Mount Vernon Roads in Payne County on June 8, 2011, had been dropped as part of the plea bargain.