Justin Michael Doak, 27, of Muskogee, was arrested in connection with the theft of three fishing poles totaling $3,000 after he allegedly tried to sell some of them.
Dep. Chief Tony Ponds reports that the fishing rods and reels belong to Jeffrey Lee Wade, of Cabot, Ark., who was in Wagoner earlier this month fishing in the American Bass Anglers tournament on Fort Gibson Lake.
Between 7-7:30 a.m. on Oct. 1, Wade pulled into the WalMart parking lot to purchase a fishing license. He was towing his boat which had the rods and reels in them. Ponds said surveillance footage obtained through the parking lot’s video camera showed a white male in a red pick-up truck pulled up next to the boat and removed the poles and drove off.
After receiving reports of the theft, police notified local businesses. On Oct. 10, Jason Turney, of Bows and Poles informed WPD that Doak had allegedly come to his business trying to sell three of the reported stolen poles. Upon further investigation, police were able to obtain the four other poles.
Ponds said they have contacted Wade, a military veteran, of the recovery and he is very happy.
Wade finished third at the tournament among the boaters with nine bass at 27.51 pounds at the conclusion of the tournament on Oct. 6. American Bass Anglers reports he is a member of the U.S. Air Force.
Wagoner Police Chief Bob Haley wants to thank the residents of Wagoner in helping retrieving this stolen property.
“It shows that the citizens and Wagoner Police won’t put up with it,” he said. “We will stick together and this shows visitors to our area that we are a close-knit family town.”
Haley advises people to make sure their vehicles are locked and secure when they are out in public and keep all property out of sight.