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Two defendants, six charges, $200,000 bond

By Cydney Baron

May 2, 2013

Jacob Chatman, 20, and Jay Furnas Jr., 32, both of Pryor, appeared on the Mayes County District Court initial appearance docket April 30. As co-defendants in the case, the men received identical charges.

The two are charged with grand larceny, knowingly concealing stolen property and possession of burglary tools. The charges included both felony and misdemeanor counts.

Court records state on April 22 the defendants robbed Dorothy Smith. Cpt. Rod Howell of the Mayes County Sheriff's Office said a call was received at 7:31 a.m. from Smith who said someone was knocking on her door. Smith told the dispatcher she saw men around the shed behind her house.

Smith described the defendants' truck as a 2006 Ford pickup, gold, with a tree trimming logo on the side. Sheriff's deputies arrived at the scene on 580 Road in Chouteau and found the truck parked behind Smith's house.

The defendants had already taken $1,249 worth of items from the shed and placed the loot in the bed of their truck. The items included four car batteries, a tool box and tools, car antennas, radiators, steering wheel covers, glove box doors and other items. The co-defendants had burglary tools, namely an angle grinder and chain hammer.

Howell said the sheriff's office processed the truck, took photos and remanded the men into custody. One of the defendants is a person if interest in a Rogers County case, as well as two other Mayes County cases.

Howell said the sheriff's office utilized a new online program that helps link to pawn shops and scrapyards nation wide. The program can help positively connect a person of interest to a stolen item. LeadsOnline is the nation's largest online investigation system used to recover stolen property, help stop methamphetamine makers, reduce metal theft and solve crimes, according to its website.

Howell said the sheriff's office purchased the program in order to be more proactive and follow up on cases more efficiently.

Chatman and Furnas made their initial appearances before Judge Rebecca Gore via video conferencing from the jail. Gore continued the case until May 23 to be put on the preliminary hearing sounding docket. Their bond, which was set at $100,000 each at the time of arrest, remained the same. Both will remain in the Mayes County Jail until bond is posted.

Chatman had no prior criminal record. Furnas was charged with second degree burglary and public intoxication in 2002, but the case was dismissed. In 2003, he was charged with manufacturing a controlled dangerous substance, possession of precursor substance without attached permit, knowingly concealing stolen property and possession of marijuana and paraphernalia. He was sentenced to time in the Oklahoma Department of Corrections. In 2008, he was charged with one count of assault and battery and one count of domestic assault and battery. In 2012, he was charged with dumping trash on public property without consent. Later in 2012, Furnas was charged with second degree burglary and knowingly concealing stolen property after former felony conviction, but the charges were dismissed.

Grand larceny, after prior felony convictions, can carry up to a 20-year sentence.

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