Police responding to a burglary in progress Monday morning in the 1300 block of Dorchester Drive arrested a suspect at the scene and connected him to two more burglaries reported on the same block, police said.
Officers arrested Cory Dwayne Whitson, 33, of Norman, and booked him into the Cleveland County Detention Center. According to a CCDC employee, Whitson was being held at the county jail Tuesday night on a $5,000 bond, and Pottawatomie County authorities requested a hold on Whitson.
Whitson’s arrest came after police were sent to 1345 Dorchester Drive about 10:30 a.m. Monday, officers said. Someone called police and reported he saw a man in his neighbor’s shed. Police went into the backyard and heard noises coming from the shed.
According to a court affidavit, officers told the person inside the shed to come out with their hands up. Whitson stepped out of the shed.
When police searched Whitson they found a crow bar in his pants and a leopard swimsuit in the left pocket of his coat, according to police. Both items were identified as stolen property from 1343 Dorchester Drive.
Prosecutors charged Whitson on Tuesday in Cleveland County District Court with two counts of second-degree burglary and knowingly concealing stolen property.
Norman Police Master Officer Jennifer Newell said officers connected Whitson to a third burglary that was reported Monday at 1337 Dorchester Drive. Nothing was taken from the residence, Newell said.
Records did not indicate if a court date for Whitson had been set yet.