VIPER — A Perry County man from the community of Viper is accused of breaking into several residences and stealing weed eaters and a generator.
Anthony Cody, 50, of Viper, along with Heather Cody, are accused of breaking into the residence of Daniel Lewis on May 23.
According to the arrest warrant, witnesses seen Cody backing up a pickup truck into the driveway of Daniel Lewis’s residence.
When Lewis returned home, the arrest warrant says Lewis called Kentucky State Police (KSP) and told them that he had items missing from his residence.
Lewis told KSP that a weed eater and a generator were missing from his porch.
A relative of Cody called KSP saying Cody and Heather had put a generator in the garage at the relative’s house, the warrant says.
The relative told KSP they suspected the generator to be stolen.
KSP Trooper Jeremy Elliotte, along with Lewis, travelled to the residence of Cody’s relative and were able to determine the generator belonged to Lewis, the arrest warrant says.
The generator was returned to Lewis.
During this time, another call came into KSP Post 13 of another victim who had their house broken into, the arrest warrant says.
The break-in allegedly happened in the same neighborhood as the alleged theft of Lewis’s weed eater and generator by Cody.
John Combs told KSP that he was missing a weed eater from his residence.
According to the arrest warrant, Trooper Elliotte investigated Comb’s residence and found that Cody had used the “doggie door” to break into Comb’s house.
Trooper Elliotte talked to Brooke Cody and the arrest warrant says that Brooke told Trooper Elliotte that Cody and Heather had possession of the maroon Toyota pickup truck earlier that day.
According to the arrest warrant, Brooke stated the weed eaters had been taken to Darin Sumner’s residence in Georges Branch.
KSP were able to locate the weeders at Sumner’s residence and the arrest warrant says Sumner told KSP that Cody and Heather had come to his house and asked if they could store the weed eaters there.
Authorities were able to return the weed eaters to their rightful owners.
Cody was arrested at his residence on June 1 by KSP. He is facing charges of second-degree burglary and theft by unlawful taking $500 or more but less than $10,000.
TJ Caudill is a reporter for The Hazard Herald and he can be reached at 606-629-3245.