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Fairland Crime Stoppers Give First Reward to Four Young Boys

Updated: Sep 13, 2013 03:53 PM

Police have investigated five business burglaries in Fairland, Oklahoma this summer, and authorities say four alert young boys might have helped to prevent a sixth.
Thanks to Cole Cawlfield and his three friends a suspected criminal was put in jail. It may sound like a Hardy Boys tale, but Cawlfieldand his gang say they were hanging out during their last days of summer break, when a stranger started circling his step grandmother's house.

"I just had a weird feeling," said 12 year old Cawlfield.

According to the kids, they armed themselves with a tiki torch and approached the man asking what he was doing. The man, Jeffery Hedstrand, tried to claim he was doing work on the house. Cawlfied says, the group of friends didn't buy it, called the cops, and got the tag numbers off of Hedstrand's vehicle.

"I was a little scared, a little scared, but it was fun too," Cawlfield said.

A new citizen crime stopping organization in Fairland say it is exactly this kind of behavior it is trying to promote. Someone broke into Kristy Franklin's beauty salon at the end of July, and two weeks ago she decided to create the Fairland Crime Stoppers. The goal; to get donations from the community, and reward those who report crime to the cops. Cawlfield and his friends will receive the first reward.

"It's all about protecting our community, and fighting crime, and we haven't even been in for two weeks, and we already get to reward these four young men," Franklin said.

And Fairland's Police Chief thinks the new group is a great thing.

"Stepping up to the plate, doing what they feel is right, and their actions led to the arrest of a suspect of a burglary," Said Police Chief Tony Wiseley.  

But just because this situation worked out well, doesn't mean Chief Wiseley is suggesting other children do the same, which is exactly what he told Cawlfield.

"He said it was a brave and very stupid thing," said Cawlfield.

Cawlfield and his three friends each will receive 25 dollars for their help putting Hedstrand behind bars. But Chief Wiseley says next time to just call the police and never to approach a stranger.

As for Hedstrand, he is currently being held at the Ottawa County Jail on charges of 2nd degree burglary and domestic violence.

If you wish to contact the Fairland Crime Stoppers contact Kristy Franklin at 918-676-5305; Willa Selson at 918-676-9935; or Loretta Campbell at 918-676-3173. Donations can be made to any of the Chairmen listed above, or directly to the First Bank of Fairland located at 32 W Conner Ave, Fairland, OK 74343.

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