By Patti Weaver


(Stillwater, Okla.) — A 44-year-old Cushing man with a history of property crimes has been jailed on $3,000 bail pending his arraignment Wednesday on charges of breaking into a truck parked outside a Cushing business, possessing methamphetamine and having drug paraphernalia.
    Due to his criminal record, Larry Lee Pearson Jr. could be given a prison term ranging from 20 years to life if convicted of third-degree burglary after three prior felonies plus two years in jail if convicted of his drug-related misdemeanors, court records show.
  Pearson, who was listed as homeless, was arrested by Cushing Police Officer Katherine Hinkle at 5:34 pm on Jan. 9 at Walnut and Little Streets, about 38 minutes after a pickup at a business in the 800 block of E. Main Street in Cushing was reported as having been broken into, an affidavit said.
    The owner said, “she could tell someone was in her vehicle due to things being out of place. Her center console was opened, and her rearview mirror was moved. She advised that the only thing she could tell was taken was two packs of Marlboro Seventy-Two’s,” the affidavit said.
    In video footage, “I observed a male, who I identified as Larry Pearson Jr. due to my experience as a Cushing police officer,” Hinkle alleged in her affidavit.
    “Pearson walked westbound in the alleyway behind the business, then to (her) vehicle at approximately 3:27 pm. He opened the passenger door, closed the door, looked into the bed of the truck, then reopened the passenger door and began looking around inside the vehicle.
    “In the footage, you can see Pearson drop an item, pick it up and put it in his jacket pocket. He then walks around to the driver’s side and opens the driver door to go through the vehicle again,” the officer alleged in her affidavit.
    “At approximately 5:32 pm, Officer Snow advised she observed Pearson waking in the area of Walnut and Little. I arrived and placed Larry Pearson Jr. under arrest for third-degree burglary at approximately 5:34 pm. When Pearson was being searched, the following items were seized: a black scale with white crystal-like residue, a red pipe with black residue, two clear baggies containing a green leafy substance, a wooden pinch hitter with black residue, two packs of Marlboro Seventy-Two’s, and a large set of keys,” Hinkle alleged in her affidavit.
    The white crystal-like residue on the black scale tested positive for methamphetamine, the affidavit alleged.
    According to Payne County court records, Pearson had previously been convicted of:
    * possession of a firearm after a former felony conviction in 2013, for which he was originally given a 10-year suspended sentence except 120 days in jail, but in 2015 he was found in violation of his probation that was revoked to 60 days in jail;
    * knowingly concealing stolen property after a former felony conviction in 2012 for which he was originally given a five-year suspended sentence except 180 days in jail, but in 2015 he was found in violation of his probation that was revoked to a concurrent 60 days in jail;
    * grand larceny in 2011 for which he was originally given in 2012 a three-year suspended sentence except 60 days in jail, but five months later he was found in violation of his probation that was revoked to six months in jail.