(Cushing) – Cushing Police have arrested two men in connection with a residential burglary in Cushing reported Wednesday.   Cushing Police Chief Terry Brannon says officers were called to the 1200 block of East Maple in Cushing after a resident reported their home had been burglarized and guns and a digital camera were missing.  During the investigation,  Officer Adam Harp spoke with Dustin Watkins, 28, of Cushing, who had been seen in the area prior to the officer’s arrival.  Watkins initially denied knowledge of the burglary,  but according to police,  later admitted that he and a cousin,  Jonathan Michael Watkins,  had entered the residence and taken the guns and a digital camera.  

    After arresting Dustin Watkins,  Officer Harp went to the Mo Money Pawnshop in Cushing and recovered the guns allegedly taken in the burglary,  which had been pawned earlier.

    Harp then went to a residence in the 1200 block of East 2nd street where Jonathan Watkins was interviewed.  According to police,  Jonathan Watkins admitted to pawning the items,  but denied participating in the burglary of the house.   Watkins was arrested and during a personal search,  a marijuana smoking pipe was allegedly found in a pocket,  and contained burnt residue that tested presumptive positive for marijuana. 

    After the investigation was concluded, MPO Harp arrested Dustin Watkins for Second Degree Burglary and Possession of a Firearm after Former Felony Conviction, and Jonathan Watkins was arrested for Second Degree Burglary, False Pawn Declaration, Possession of Marijuana Second and Subsequent Offense, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Both were processed into the Cushing jail where they remained overnight. A member of the Payne County Sheriff’s Department took both to the county jail this morning. Both are expected to make an initial appearance in court this afternoon.

    Police Chief Terry Brannon commended the Officers involved in the investigation,  MPO Adam Harp,  and Officer Carson Watts for good investigative work,  and encouraged citizens to call police if they observe suspicious activity in their neighborhood, regardless of the time of day.   Brannon noted that nobody is immune to daytime burglary,  and that police rarely solve crimes without the help of citizens.