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Three arrested for squatting in north Tulsa home

Posted at 9:13 PM, Jan 27, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-28 07:20:00-05

Three people were arrested Wednesday for squatting at a north Tulsa residence after neighbors complained for days about a number of issues with the dwelling. 

The home was located near Marshall and Utica where four people were believed to be illegally living. Further investigation by the Tulsa Police Department showed that the home was occupied until the owners died in 2014. 

After questioning the three who were arrested, police say they've concluded that Christopher Wroten waited for the owners to die and then broke into the home.

Police reports show that he had multiple interactions with the police where he claimed the home was his, even though he was living in it illegally. 

Nearby neighbors said the home has been a nuisance since the original owners died and they've been trying to contact police ever since. At the time of the calls many believed Wroten was the new homeowner, local residents say.

It wasn't until a TPD officer responded Wednesday afternoon and connected the dots that matters escalated.

The squatters went into police custody peacefully, according to Corporal Craig Johnson a spokesman with TPD.

Johnson originally stated that no illegal paraphernalia was found at the scene, but reports released Wednesday night indicated otherwise.

According to TPD's release, methamphetamine, six stolen trailers, a stolen dune buggy, gun ammunition, lawn mowers, two vehicles and other items believed to be stolen from around Tulsa were located on the property. 

While four people are believed to have squatted at the residence, only three have been arrested thus far. Along with Christopher Wroten, both Tommy Wroten and Bonnie Foster were arrested on various drug charges. 

They are all white and their ages range from 25 to 35, according to Johnson. 

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