Four facing charges following home burglary

Sierra Rains

Four individuals were arrested for second degree burglary after a local homeowner allegedly returned home to find them breaking into their house Sunday afternoon.

Carter County Sheriff Chris Bryant said deputies responded to a burglary in progress call at a residence located at the 7000 block of Hedges Road around 1:42 p.m. “Once we got there, the subjects took off on foot,” he said.

Deputies were able to apprehend 24-year-old Marissa Patrick of Mill Creek, 30-year-old Jeremy Hester of Madill and 22-year-old Cera Gulledge of Madill on scene. However, 48-year-old Bobby Royal of Ardmore briefly managed to get away.

“After a little bit of a manhunt, we were able to locate and arrest (him),” Bryant said. Deputies allegedly discovered that Royal had two baggies of meth and a syringe in his possession, as well as a previous warrant out for his arrest for failure to appear for a possession of a stolen vehicle charge.

Royal had also reportedly taken several black coats from the residence, which were later returned.

All four individuals were booked in at the Carter County Jail for second degree burglary and trespassing. While at the jail, officers allegedly discovered that Patrick also had meth on her person.

“A small white container fell out from her bra and she stated that she didn’t realize it was there,” Bryant said.

Bryant said the suspects likely chose the residence randomly and he encourages community members to keep reaching out when they notice anything unusual or concerning.

“We had some meth users that were looking for something that they could steal, anything they can take and sell to get their next fix. We appreciate everybody’s support and remember, if you see something, say something.”