Multiple charges filed in recent vehicle thefts in the City of Cherokee

A man was charged with multiple crimes after a rash of vehicle burglaries and thefts.

Cherokee Police Officers were assigned to investigate multiple burglaries that happened between May 28 and June 5.

Some of the stolen items included:

• Huffy brand 26” mountain bike with a black frame and green lettering.

The bike was stolen from a residence on June 4 and was discovered missing around 11 a.m. The bike belonged to a juvenile female and her father drove around town looking for the bike, but didn’t find it anywhere.

• Glock G43X pistol, approximately $20-$40 of loose change in various denominations and a backpack containing personal and work materials/papers which were described as a Black Helmet brand backpack which was black with red zipper pulls stolen on May 28 and discovered later that morning that it was missing.

• Remington Rand .45 1911 pistol stolen on May 28.

• Cimarron .357 revolver stolen on June 2.

• Apple iPhone in a black Otter Box case stolen on June 2.

On June 14 officers were advised that a possible subject was residing at an address in Cherokee and that the stolen property from several burglaries were at the location.

According to the affidavit, the officer was provided information that an individual came into work and told others there that the guns stolen in recent burglaries were in the house and that there was a stolen bicycle in the back yard.

Cherokee Police Chief Ryan McNeil and Cherokee Police Officer Tristan Hall went to the address at which time the bicycle that had been reported stolen was sitting alongside the north side of the residence.

McNeil spoke with the owner who confirmed that she had told others about the guns and stolen bicycle at work that morning. She also stated that Jerrad Rashad Munson, 24, had been in the house, but fled out the back door of the house when the officers knocked on the front door.

According to the affidavit filed in district court, the owner of the house told officers that Munson had recently moved into the house from Kentucky and that the backpack was the only thing that belonged to Munson in the house.

She took officers into the house and pointed out a “Mario Bros.” backpack, which was sitting on the floor behind a couch.

McNeil opened it up and discovered the following:

• Glock 43X.

• Remington Rand .45 1911 pistol.

  • Cimarron .357 revolver.

• Apple iPhone in a black Otter Box case.

• One glass smoking device with unknown residue inside of it.

• One black and red colored marijuana pipe with burnt residue inside the pipe.

Also in the backpack were the following personal items:

• A black and red Cherokee ball cap.

• One pair of gray sweatpants.

• One pair of black sweat pants.

• Six individual socks.

• One black cap.

• One sharpie marker.

• One tube of Sensodyne toothpaste.

• One purple lighter.

• One blue Vape battery.

• One safety pin.

• One white ink tube for a pen.

• One Speed Stick deodorant.

• One Neon Summer cologne bottle.

• One Obsession cologne bottle.

• One flyer for employment at Sonic Drive-In.

Munson was located and apprehended by Officer Hall in the area of 11th and Pennsylvania. At the jail, Hall advised Munson of his Miranda Rights and he waived those rights in writing.

According to the affidavit, Munson admitted to entering several properties including one vehicle which was parked inside of an attached garage. He also admitted that he had been frustrated with his financial situation and was going to sell the stolen property for money.

Hall photographed the bottom of the shoes worn by Munson at the time of his arrest. The pattern of the shoes appeared to be the same pattern as the shoe print found next to a vehicle that was burglarized.

Munson cooperated with the officers and provided a written statement.

Munson was charged with the following:

• Burglary in the third degree, a felony punishable by imprisonment for up to five years.

• Unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia, a misdemeanor punishable by imprisonment for up to one year and/or a fine of up to $1,000.

• Petit larceny, a misdemeanor punishable by imprisonment for up to six months and/or a fine of $10-$500.

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