January 2, 2014

Couple charged in Tuttle Tiger burglary

Adam Troxtell
The Express-Star


A couple has been arrested for their alleged involvement in two burglaries of Tiger Safari and nearby apartments in Tuttle within the last two weeks.

Tammy Whygle and Jason Mark Matthews were booked into Grady County jail on Jan. 1 after a traffic stop revealed items that appeared to have been stolen from the Tiger Safari. Whygle was charged in the first degree burglary, while Matthews was charged with possessing stolen property.

According to a release by the Grady County Sheriff's Office, Deputy Tim Spratt pulled over a white Ford Mustang on Wednesday evening that had a busted tail light. While the officer was speaking with the driver, Matthews, Whygle, who was identified as his girlfriend, walked up to the car.

Earlier that night, Whygle was spotted by two Tiger Safari employees leaving a block of apartments they live in, Grady County Sheriff's Public Information Officer Lisa Hatchett said. One of the employees said she saw Whygle inside one of the residences before fleeing. Matthews was stopped by Spratt nearby, and that is when Whygle walked up to the car.

When the officer searched the car, he found tools, a toolbox, camera and other items marked "Tiger Safari." These were all identified as items taken in a burglary in the previous week that was under investigation. Matthews was then placed under arrest, and he admitted to driving Whygle to Tiger Safari for the burglary in the previous week.

After Whygle was identified, she was then placed under arrest and charged with taking the items as well as the second burglary. No other items have been reported stolen.