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Stillwater police concerned about rash of crime

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Stillwater law enforcement are concerned after a rash of robberies near a popular student hangout.

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A recent home invasion is the most concerning for law enforcement. They said two men broke down the door of a home on East 15th Avenue.

“Each man had a knife they used duct tape and bound the victim,” said Tom Lee, Payne County district attorney.

Police arrested Michael Dollar and Michael Parker a short time after the break-in. Authorities said both stole several items, including TVs, a computer monitor, cash and a cellphone from the house.

“Those types of crimes are rare here and obviously we take them very seriously,” Lee said.

Stillwater police said crimes like home invasions and robberies are on the rise, especially on Washington Avenue, also known as the stripe, and a popular area for students.

“We've had several near the stripe where people were approached and property taken from them with force or fear,” says Lee.

The DA just filed charges against a man for assault, after a victim was offered a ride and then assaulted for his wallet.

The district attorney says the good part is that some of these cases are being solved, enforcing the fact that the law isn't far behind these criminals.

Parker and Dollar, allegedly involved in the home invasion, are facing a long list of charges including kidnapping, robbery, and possession of stolen property.

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