By: Patti Weaver
(Stillwater, Okla.) — A 46-year-old Cushing woman has been ordered to appear before a Payne County judge Tuesday on a felony charge accusing her of breaking into a building in the 900 block of E. Moses in Cushing.
Brandi Dennice Galvan, who has also been known by the surname of Howell, remained in the Payne County Jail this morning on $15,000 bail, a sheriff’s spokesman told KUSH.
Cushing Police Officer Garvis Scott Thomas was sent at 11:45 a.m. on Oct. 24 to the 900 block of E. Moses regarding a burglary alarm, according to his affidavit filed last week.
“I located a white female standing on the back porch,” of the house next door to one where an alarm went off, the Cushing officer alleged in his affidavit.
“I made contact with the female in the back yard and asked if she lived there. The female advised she did not live there, but was looking for her dog. The female identified herself as Brandy Flynn. Dispatch advised he could not locate anything for that female with that name,” the Cushing officer alleged in his affidavit.
Cushing Police Sgt. Jack Ford said that the house where the alarm was located appeared secured, but there was an open front door at the house next door, the affidavit alleged.
“Sgt. Ford and I searched the residence, but did not find anybody else inside,” the Cushing officer wrote in his affidavit.
According to the affidavit, “to get into the backyard a person would either have to go through the house or hop the back fence, because the gates were padlocked shut.”
“Brandy advised she got in the backyard by hoping the fence in the corner that was partially broken. Brandy had a big black backpack on,” the affidavit alleged.
“Brandy finally gave her true identity as a Brandi Galvan,” for whom there was a valid city of Cushing arrest warrant, the affidavit alleged.
“While at the jail, I located two small address books inside Galvan’s bag,” with the address of the burglarized building, the Cushing officer alleged in his affidavit.
“I asked Galvan where she came in possession of these books, and she advised she picks up stuff all the time on the side of the road. Galvan had two large books and an antique-looking candle holder in the bag,” resembling one inside the house, the Cushing officer alleged in his affidavit.
“Also located in the bag was a black mini pry bar, red wire cutters, black needle nose plyers, a black and red Phillips head screwdriver, and a yellow and black Allen wrench set. Brandy could not articulate a reason to be in possession of these tools,” that are commonly used to break into residences, the Cushing officer alleged in his affidavit.
“During the book-in process, Galvan admitted to taking the above-mentioned items from the back porch,” but she still denied entering the house, the Cushing officer alleged in his affidavit.
Second-degree burglary is a felony punishable by a prison term of two to seven years and as much as a $10,000 fine on conviction, court records show.