By: Patti Weaver
(Stillwater, Okla.) — A Drumright man, who was released from prison two years ago after serving time for methamphetamine possession and domestic violence in Creek County, has been jailed in Payne County on a charge of first-degree burglary pending a Sept. 9 court appearance.
Cameron Ray Chatham, 28, was arrested on Aug. 27 as a suspect in a break-in at a house on E. 6th Street in rural Stillwater on July 31, court records show.
The homeowner said that a month earlier when he was out of town, someone had burglarized his house, according to an affidavit for an arrest warrant by Payne County Sheriff’s Deputy Jacob Secrest.
In the July 31 incident, “he had been at the house cleaning things out of it because of the burglary,” back at the end of June or the first of July, the affidavit said
The owner said “while he was cleaning and packing the house, Cameron (Chatham) just showed up and walked into his house through an open back door,” the affidavit alleged.
He said “Cameron had actually gone through two doors because the first just opens into a storeroom and the second opens into the house proper,” the affidavit alleged.
When the homeowner asked if he was the propane delivery driver, Chatham said he was not and then asked if the man lived there, the affidavit alleged.
The homeowner said he told Chatham “no” and was “just cleaning the place out,” because he was concerned Chatman “would bring up other people if he told him he did live there,” the affidavit alleged.
The homeowner said Chatham “told him he was looking for his girlfriend,” the affidavit alleged.
The homeowner said he told Chatham “to remain where he was because he was going to grab his phone to ‘call the police,"” the affidavit alleged.
The homeowner said when he went to get his phone, Chatham “ran out of the house, part of the way down his driveway, and then cut through the woods towards Red Wagon,” the affidavit alleged.
The homeowner said he followed Chatham in his truck and contacted him again at 4th and Red Wagon, the affidavit alleged.
When the deputy responded shortly after 4 p.m. on a report of a burglary progress, Chatham said that he and his girlfriend had been having problems, the affidavit alleged.
Chatham said that when he could not find his girlfriend, “he went for a walk around the trailer he had been staying at,” the affidavit alleged.
Chatham said “as he was walking around the trailer, he observed a trail to head off into the woods and followed it,” before getting lost and beginning to walk toward the highway by following the sound of traffic, the affidavit alleged.
Chatham said “while doing this, he came to a barbed wire fence and followed it until he found an open gate,” then “stepped through and observed a house he thought might be vacant,” the affidavit alleged.
Chatham said “he began to think his girlfriend might be inside of the house, so walked around the outside and could hear rustling inside,” then walked back around the back of the house where he saw a man on the back porch with his shirt off, the affidavit alleged.
Chatham said when the man told him he didn’t live there, he “stepped into the house through the open door because he thought his girlfriend might be inside,” the affidavit alleged.
Chatham said he turned around to leave when he heard the air-conditioner running, but the man asked him what he thought he was doing and he replied by asking the man what he was doing, the affidavit alleged.
Chatham said he apologized for stepping into the house without permission, the affidavit alleged.
Chatham said when the man told him that he had been broken into recently, Chatham “told him it was not him and he could come to the trailer he was staying at and look to see if any of the property was there,” the affidavit alleged.
Chatham said that the man told him, “I’ll tell you what we will do,” and went to the other side of the house, the affidavit alleged.
Chatham said he thought the man “was retrieving a firearm to shoot him, so he ran down (the man’s) driveway towards 6th Street and then cut east through the woods towards Red Wagon,” the affidavit alleged.
Chatman said when he was back on Red Wagon, he saw the man “come driving up to him in the green Dodge truck and did not try to run again,” the affidavit alleged.
Chatman said “because he was in the open around other people,” he did not think the man would shoot him there, the affidavit alleged.
According to the state Department of Corrections and Creek County court records, Chatham had been released from prison in September of 2017 — after serving a year of a three-year sentence he was given in 2016 for violating his probation in a methamphetamine possession case and a concurrent two-year sentence he was given in a domestic assault and battery case, both in 2015.