Claremore Daily Progress

December 17, 2013

$10,000 Reward

RCSO seeks help finding burglar

Mark Friedel
Staff Writer


Rogers County Sheriff’s officials are asking for the public’s help in uncovering information about a burglary that took place on Nov. 25 near Oologah.
Deputies were dispatched to the location after family members of the homeowner found the door pried open and many valuable items stolen. The homeowner Otto Penner Jr., passed away at the Oklahoma CIty veterans hospital shortly before the home was found “ransacked,” said Jerry Smittle, public information officer for the Rogers County Sheriff’s Office.
The safe in Penner’s shop was open and his collection of guns and knives were stolen, along with his 2001 GMC truck.
The family has documentation of about 30 of the guns, and those have been entered in the National Crime Information Center. 
The family estimates he had a total of 80 guns and close to 100 knives.
“The truck has since been found abandoned and has been returned to the family, but the guns are still missing,” said Smittle. 
Penner, a Marine Corp. veteran in Vietnam, had been collecting the weapons since serving in the war. 
He entered the hospital in November and later died from complications related to surgery. 
His family had been checking on the residence near Oologah on and off for him while he was in the hospital.
The family is now offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the burglar. Anyone with information can call the Rogers County Sheriff’s Office crime tip hotline at (918) 341-3620.