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On Friday September 18, 2020, Atoka Police Officer Jedediah Griffith, arrived at A Tokin Okie Dispensary located at 654 West Thirteenth Street to investigate a burglary.
Arriving at the business, the officer observed the front door open, with a foot print on the left side of the door along with damage to the door frame where it had been forcibly opened. During a search of the building, a glass display case containing marijuana products had the glass broken and products were missing.
The owner, Daniel Lewis, was on scene and said he had received a phone call about the alarm at the dispensary was sounding off. He was unable to gain access to the security camera footage at this time due to technical difficulties.
Lewis stated the items taken were 42 THC oil cartridges valued at $25 a piece for a total of $1,050. The damage to the door and the display case was $600.
A few hours later, Lewis was able to access the security footage for police officers.
The footage showed two individuals, identified as Benjamin Scroggins, 18, of Atoka and a juvenile, entering the dispensary.
Scroggins used his shoulder and the minor used their foot to forcibly open the door.
The pair ran into the dispensary to the rear room where the products are in the glass display case.
Scroggins struck the top of the display case with an unknown object, causing the glass to break. He attempted to break the front of the display case, striking it three times, but was unsuccessful. They both grab products from the case and exited out the front door.
The minor spoke with Officer Griffith about the crime with consent of their mother.
The juvenile said after smoking two blunts with Scroggins, he began talking about robbing someone or something. They told Scroggins no but he continuously asked him to assist in the crime.
Scroggins and the minor walked to dispensary, and broke into the business.
Scroggins was incarcerated in the Atoka County Jail on unrelated charges. Officer Griffith went to the Atoka County Jail to speak to Scroggins.
He told the officer he was at the dispensary earlier in the day but did not rob anyone.
Scroggins is charged with burglary in the second degree (felony), and malicious injury to property – under $1,000 (misdemeanor).