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December 2, 2012

Burglary investigation leads to multiple arrests

Woodward, Okla. — The recent burglary of a Woodward firearms retailer has led to multiple arrests and felony charge filings.

According to court records, the owner of Butch's Guns made a report to Woodward Police on Oct. 18 that his store had been burglarized, with the padlocks ground off a rear door and 16 guns stolen.

Court records describe several of the weapons as handguns, including a .45 caliber Smith & Wesson 1911, a .357 Magnum revolver, and a Taurus PT24/7 9mm.

Between Nov. 9 and Nov. 26, at least 9 people were charged in Woodward County District Court as a result of the investigation into the burglary.

Two men have been charged in connection with the burglary itself, while another 5 men and a woman were charged with concealing the stolen guns after the fact. An eighth man was charged with conspiracy for allegedly assisting other suspects hide guns.

Assistant District Attorney A. J. Laubhan said the police investigation into the burglary is ongoing.

"They're still investigating, it is still an open case, and we still think there may be more (charges) coming," Laubhan said.

2 CHARGED WITH BURGLARY

Robert Allen Blow, 20, and Jordan Michael Graham, 19, each face a felony charge of burglary in the second degree for allegedly breaking and entering into Butch's Guns with the intent to steal property.

According to affidavits filed with their charges both Blow and Graham allegedly confessed to the burglary during interviews with law enforcement agents on Nov. 9.

The affidavit in Graham's case also notes that a search warrant conducted at Graham's residence on Nov. 7 turned up camouflage clothing and masks and gloves matching those worn by the 2 suspects in the Butch's Guns burglary. A pair of boots with a tread matching a print found at the scene, a backpack containing price tags for 9 of the guns, and a cut padlock were also found at the residence, the affidavit states.

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