Cushing police have arrested a suspect in connection with the “smash and grab” burglary  of Bill’s E-Z Out #2 early Monday morning.
This morning, August 26, 2009, just after 6:40 a.m., Cushing police Officers Carson Watts and MPO Adam Harp arrested Cushing resident Gene Anthony Turner, WM, 19 years of age, at his home in the 400 blk S. Howerton Street. Turner was identified as a suspect after Officer Watts watched the store surveillance video this morning when he reported for duty.
When Turner was contacted at his residence, he admitted his involvement in the early Monday morning burglary of Bill’s E-Z Out #2, 1400 E. 9th Street. Turner was arrested and taken to the police department where he was booked into jail for 2nd Degree Burglary.
Late yesterday afternoon, police had recovered evidence in the case that was discovered in the area around 6th and Michigan Streets. Police had received information about the evidence after posting the store surveillance video on the KUSH radio website and on Nixle, which police initially used to alert citizens about the earlier morning burglary. The evidence recovered yesterday has been linked to Turner.
Police are working leads that may link others to the burglary. Any additional information will be submitted to the Payne County District Attorney for review before any arrest may be made.
Chief Terry Brannon said, “I am very pleased with the investigative work by Officer Watts and MPO Harp. This was another great example of our officers working together to solve crimes. In addition, the department is very appreciative of the cooperation of the store owner, the local technology company who helped format the video so we could release it to the public, and our media partners, KUSH radio and the Cushing Citizen for helping us get the story out to the public. The efforts of Officer Watts and MPO Harp continue to reflect our commitment to help keep Cushing a safe, livable city.”
Anyone with additional information is still encouraged to call the police department at (918) 225-1212.