By: Patti Weaver
(Stillwater, Okla.) — An arrest warrant has been issued for an ex-convict from Yale, whose brother remains in the Payne County Jail on similar allegations, on charges of breaking into a Yale man’s barn on Valentine’s Day and stealing three rolls of barbed wire.
Brandon Milas McCraw, 31, was not in the Payne County Jail in Stillwater this morning on the charges filed earlier this month, a sheriff’s spokesman told KUSH.
However, McCraw was charged in Lincoln County last month with being a felon in possession of a firearm, court records show. McCraw was released from the Lincoln County Jail on $10,000 bond on March 26 with an order to appear before a judge in Chandler on July 8, court records show.
In the Payne County case, McCraw and his brother, Robert “Tanner” Jacob Simpson, 21, were charged separately with second-degree burglary and petty larceny of the Yale man’s property.
Another ex-convict from Yale, Jarred Wayne Stubblefield, 39, was charged last week with concealing a weed-eater and chainsaw stolen from the same man. Stubblefield had already been jailed on $25,000 total bail on March 26 on charges of breaking into Mugsy’s restaurant in Yale on Jan. 5 and a woman’s property in Yale on Feb. 14.
A Yale man had reported that his barn was burglarized on Feb. 14 and again on Feb. 15, according to an affidavit by Payne County Sheriff’s Investigator Brandon Myers.
Stolen were two chainsaws, a weed eater, 18 rolls of barbed wire, a GPS, a welder, two sets of sockets, a grinder, two welding hoods, a propane cylinder with torch, a leather tool set, three plastic gas cans, master locks with keys, three pairs of Muck boots, and one pair of custom cowboy boots, the affidavit said.
Some of the items were recovered in Lincoln County, according to the affidavit.
McCraw “moved his camper trailer he was living in and moved it out of Yale,” to property north of Glencoe, the affidavit alleged.
When the Payne County sheriff’s investigator talked to the Glencoe property owner, “He told me he did help Brandon move the camper, but he is not staying with him,” Myers alleged in his affidavit.
Shown a list of the stolen items, the Glencoe property owner “walked to the back of his truck and gave me a pair of Muck brand boots,” which he said “were loaded up at Brandon’s place in Yale when he helped him move,” the affidavit alleged.
A silver chain was found on the ground near McCraw’s camper, which the Yale man said appeared to be the one taken from his barn, the affidavit alleged.
When Simpson was interviewed in the Payne County Jail, he admitted that he and McCraw went to the Yale man’s property to case it on Feb. 13, the affidavit alleged.
“He said that Brandon (McCraw) ended up taking a few rolls of barbed wire to see what he could get for them,” the affidavit alleged.
“On Feb. 14, him, Brandon and Jarred returned to the property and stole numerous items,” the affidavit alleged.
A man said “Brandon (McCraw) and Tanner (Simpson) tried to sell him the Gator and some barbed wire,” which he refused , the affidavit alleged.
“Both Tanner (Simpson) and Brandon (McCraw) told me that Jarred Stubblefield had pawned the Echo weed-eater and a Stihl chainsaw at Mike’s Cash and Pawn in Cushing,” the sheriff’s investigator alleged in his affidavit. Stubblefield had pawned them on Feb. 14 at 3:38 p.m., the affidavit alleged.
According to the state Department of Corrections, McCraw had previously been convicted of:
* endeavoring to manufacture a drug in Payne County in 2013 for which he was given a five-year prison term of which he served about half;
* being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm in Payne County in 2013 for which he was given a concurrent five-year prison term of which he served about half;
* drug possession in Lincoln County in 2012 for which he was given a three-year prison term and served less than one year;
* uttering forged instruments in Lincoln County in 2012 for which he was given a concurrent four-year prison term and served about one year prior to his release in 2017.