PIQUA — Two local men have been charged in connection with a burglary on the 700 block of Elm Street.
Cody A. Mills, 23, of Piqua, was arrested Tuesday and arraigned Wednesday on second-degree felony burglary. Robert Jenkins, 41, also of Piqua, was charged with second-degree felony complicity to burglary this week as well.
The burglary was reported on Jan. 15. According to Piqua police reports, an officer “found damage consistent with someone attempting to pry the screen open to a window at the northwest corner of the residence, two open windows at the southwest corner of the residence, and the back door of the residence being left open with blankets propping the door open.” There also were shoe prints on a city of Piqua recycle bin, suggesting that it had been used to help someone climb through the window.
The items reported missing included a 55-inch flat-screen television and a 9mm pistol.
When questioned by police, Jenkins reportedly admitted to seeing Mills enter the home through a window that Mills had lifted up. According to Piqua police reports, Jenkins then advised that Mills “came out the back door to the residence with the TV.” Jenkins then stated that they sold the television for $50.
Mills is currently being held in the Miami County Jail on a total of $20,000 bond. Mills is also facing a first-degree theft charge filed last week. A preliminary hearing for Mills is scheduled for Wednesday, Feb. 3.
Jenkins is scheduled to be arraigned on Feb. 10.
The Piqua Police Department can be contacted at (937) 778-2027. Anonymous tips can be submitted by calling 937-615-TIPS (8477) or by visiting www.piquaoh.org/police_submitatip.htm for more information.
To submit an anonymous tip through text messaging, type the keyword PIQUAPD and the message, then send it to 274637.
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