Police arrested two people they said burglarized the same house on back-to-back days.
Police arrested Richard Lee Moore, 48, and Latease Laurette Coddington, 36, Thursday on two charges of burglary and one charge of possession of methamphetamine. A Trafalgar homeowner came home Thursday evening and found the two in his garage a day after someone had broken into his garage and shed, according to a police report.
On Wednesday, police were called to the home in the 4000 block of West State Road 135, where the homeowner told deputies that someone stole hand tools and power tools, the police report said.
On Thursday, the homeowner came home around 5 p.m. and saw his garage door was partially open. When he opened the door, a white sport-utility vehicle was parked inside and Moore said he was fixing the vehicle’s brakes, the report said. As the homeowner was calling police, Moore got into the car and drove out of the garage, hitting the homeowner’s vehicle in the driveway before getting his sport-utility vehicle stuck against a tree, the report said.
Moore and Coddington got out of the car and ran, but Trafalgar officers and Johnson County sheriff’s deputies found and arrested them, the report said.
The homeowner told police he found several items taken from his house in Moore’s vehicle, as well as some of the tools that were stolen the day before, according to the report. Police also found a syringe in the vehicle filled with a clear liquid that tested positive as methamphetamine, the report said.
Moore, 376 East St., Idaho Falls, Idaho, and Coddington, 19711 E. Green Valley Road, Black Canyon City, Ariz., were both taken to the Johnson County jail and held on $43,000 bond.