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Franklin man, woman face multiple charges

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A Franklin man was arrested after police said he stole aluminum siding and copper wiring from a vacant house and fled from officers.

Cody Griner, 23, 1410 E. Jefferson St., was arrested on charges of burglary, theft with a prior conviction, resisting law enforcement with a vehicle, possession of a synthetic drug, criminal recklessness with a vehicle, criminal mischief and driving with a suspended driver’s license. His girlfriend, Cassandra Wilkins, 22, 798 N. Forsythe St., was arrested on charges of theft with a prior conviction and possession of a synthetic drug.

Police were called to a house in the 200 block of North Clay Street in Edinburgh because neighbors thought people were stripping aluminum siding off the home to sell as scrap metal, according to a police report. Officers noticed that siding had been removed from the house, and tools were near the water meter, the report said. Police contacted a son of the property owner, who thought no one was living in the home, the report said.

Griner and Wilkins drove to the house but didn’t stop when they saw police. Officers chased Griner until he returned to the house, ran inside and shut the door. An officer kicked open the door, the report said.

Griner told police he was living at the property, wasn’t paying rent and took the siding to sell as scrap metal, the report said. Officers also found what appeared to be drugs inside, the report said.

Griner was being held at the Johnson County jail on $19,400 bond. Wilkins was being held at the jail on $6,150 bond.

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