Pair arrested in wall-crashing gun shop burglary
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Tulsa police have arrested a man and woman on allegations they drove a sports utility vehicle through three business spaces at a strip mall, crashing into a gun shop and stealing nearly a dozen AR-15-style rifles.
Investigators said Anthony Martinez, 43, and Shannon Lee Fryman, 37, drove the stolen SUV in reverse through an exterior wall and two interior walls to reach Action Arms, 5333 S. Mingo Road.
A probable cause affidavit says police received an anonymous tip identifying Martinez and Fryman as the burglars.
They allegedly loaded at least 11 rifles and five boxes of ammunition into the vehicle just before 5 a.m. Friday.
Fryman and Martinez spent “approximately a minute in the store removing the rifles from a display wall and loading them into the stolen Chevy Trailblazer,” the affidavit states.
Police later located the vehicle in the 5400 block of South 99th East Avenue. Its steering column had been popped open and its license
tag belonged to a different vehicle, police said.
Fryman and Martinez allegedly loaded the stolen goods into a white minivan. During the police investigation, officers located business surveillance video showing a minivan leave that area shortly after the SUV was abandoned.
Investigators said Fryman was located Monday and detained. Under
questioning, she allegedly admitted to stealing the SUV and helping plan and carry out the burglary with Martinez.
Detectives said the investigation led to a Broken Arrow pawnshop where Frymand and Martinez reportedly had pawned items in late October while in possession of the SUV.
Another anonymous tip Monday afternoon alerted police that Martinez had returned to the pawn shop, investigators said. Broken Arrow police detained him there.
Martinez was allegedly in possession of 6 grams of methamphetamine. Investigators said that during a search of the vehicle he was driving, they found four rifles from Action Arms and a handgun.
Investigators booked Fryman and Martinez into the Tulsa Jail on complaints of second-degree burglary, possession of a stolen vehicle and larceny of an automobile, according to jail records. Martinez was also booked on five complaints of possession of a firearm after a felony conviction and possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver.
Fryman is being held in lieu of a $6,000 bond. She is scheduled to appear in court Nov. 20. Martinez is being held without bond. He was scheduled to made his initial court appearance Tuesday.