(Stillwater) – A Cushing teenager who is accused of breaking into Stu’s Music Store, where more than $2,600 worth of merchandise was stolen about two weeks before Christmas, has been ordered to appear in court on Feb. 27.
Gavin Michael Yager, 18, was arraigned last week on charges of second-degree burglary, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. He could receive as much as nine years’ incarceration and a $1,000 fine, if convicted of all counts, court records show.
Yager was arrested by Cushing Police Officer Mary Jurczewsky at 12:45 a.m. Dec. 28 — about seven hours after a young woman brought to police what she believed to be a stolen guitar that a juvenile had given her as a Christmas present, according to an affidavit.
When the officer checked the serial number against a list of stolen property entered intot the National Crime Information Computer regarding the Stu’s Music Store burglary in Cushing on Dec. 8, 2008, “The Ibanez Bass guitar came back as stolen,” Jurczewsky wrote in an affidavit.
The young woman told police that a friend of hers found out that a juvenile and Yager broke into the music store “and took several guitars, amplifiers and various other items,” the affidavit alleged.
She said that “Yager was trying to sell the items for money to kids at the Cushing High School,” the affidavit alleged.
She said that Yager and the juvenile were staying at the juvenile’s apartment, the affidavit said.
Yager and the juvenile were arrested during the investigation that began at 5:40 p.m Dec. 27, the affidavit said.
Fifteeen pieces of property including guitars and amplifers, valued at about $2,621, were recovered from the juvenile’s residence after his mother gave consent to a police search, the affidavit said.
A green leafy substance and a green bong were also found in a back bedroom, the affidavit alleged.
The juvenile told police “that he and Yager broke into the music store and stole the items,” the affidavit alleged.
The youth said that one of the missing guitars was at a neighbor’s house, the affidavit alleged.
The juvenile was arrested on complaints of second-degree burglary and knowingly concealing stolen property, the affidavit said.
He was released to the custody of his mother shortly before midnight on the order of Associate District Judge Stephen Kistler, the affidavit said. Yager was subsequently freed on $7,500 bond, court records show.
Yager said that he and the juvenile “broke into Stu’s Music store and stole several guitars, amplifiers and other items from picks to guitar trings,” the affidavit alleged.
“Yager also stated that he stole money from a money box located behind the counter at Stu’s Music Store, the affidavit alleged.