Area offices burglarized during holiday

Kay County Sheriff’s Office

BRAMAN — Kay County Sheriff Office deputies are investigating a burglary that at the Braman Farmer’s Cooperative Association.

On July .5 the Kay County Sheriff’s Office was contacted by the Braman Co-op Elevator about a burglary that had occurred within the past two days. Deputies responded and during the investigation it was found that the suspect or suspects had entered the building by breaking a window and had stolen money from the cash register.

The same day another burglary report was made in reference to the Kelle Oil Office in Braman. During that investigation the suspect was observed on surveillance video making entry to the Kelle Oil building. The investigating deputies were able to positively identify the suspect as Austin Dean Allen, from Ponca City.  Allen was then employed by the Braman Co-op.

Deputies quickly found Allen and he was taken into custody. During the interview, Allen confessed to burglarizing the following businesses; Braman Co-op, Kelle Oil and the Two Rivers Co-op, Newkirk. Items from the Newkirk Co-op were recovered from the suspect’s vehicle and returned to the Co-op. Several hundred dollars’ worth of merchandise and property damage was accessed.

Suspect Allen was booked into the Kay County Detention Facility and charged with three counts of “Second Degree Burglary” and “Knowingly concealing stolen property,” and these charges include AFC x3 (after 3 former convictions).

Bond is currently set at $200,000.

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