On Sunday, February 12, 2012, a Pushmataha County Deputy was dispatched to a call referencing items being taken from the Bridge area that is located on Dees Road, south of Clayton approximately 8 miles and off HWY 2 on Dees Road near Kiamichi River.
Deputy Floyd Branson went to the location and was informed that Pushmataha County Commissioner Jimmy Long was out with the suspect vehicle, which was said to have stopped north of Clayton near Gees Real Estate Office. Deputy Branson then requested that the Clayton Chief of Police Rodger Erwin assist in the incident. When Deputy Branson arrived at the scene, Clayton Police Chief Erwin, Push. Co. Commissioner Long, County Road Employee Elton Butler, the suspects Dusty Tholl and Daniel Hughlett, both of Tuskahoma, and other individuals where there.
Inside the suspects vehicle and on the trailer behind the truck were 3 firearms, a 4-wheeler that was said to belong to suspect Tholl and what appeared to be metal ramps.
Deputy Branson read suspect Tholl his Miranda Warning and was interviewed. Tholl stated that he and suspect Hughlett were informed that an the bridge by Stanley, that ran over the Kiamichi River, had fallen down. They went to the area and drug the pieces of metal out of the river and ended up taking 8 pieces of 4” “I” Beam that were approximately 8 foot long and 2 foot wide. Deputy Branson then read Hughlett his Miranda Warning and he too was interviewed. Suspect Hughlett summarized in his statement that what Tholl had stated was true.
The metal ramps are said to have been used as sections of a portable bridge, Military version. The approximate value of all of these Bridge beams is a total of around $2,000.
Suspects Tholl and Hughlett were arrested for possession f stolen property, and Hughlett had an active felony warrant out of Pushmataha County for unauthorized use of a motor vehicle. They were transported to Clayton Police Department by Chief Erwin and Clayton Officer Joe Campbell. They were temporally held and then taken to the Pushmataha County Jail without incident.
From this incident, Hughlett was charged with one count of Grand Larceny, a felony. This crime is punishable by imprisonment for up to 5 years or by a fine of up to $5,000 and imprisonment for up to 1 year. Tholl was also charged with one count of Grand Larceny, a felony. His charge is also punishable by imprisonment for up to 5 years or by a fine of up to $5,000 and imprisonment for up to 1 year.