Wanted man sentenced for car theft

By Sam Wildow - swildow@aimmedianetwork.com



MIAMI COUNTY — A wanted man found in Kentucky in October was sentenced this week for stealing a car in Piqua.

Cody A. Wooldridge, 25, of Piqua, was sentenced to serve two years of community control.

He originally faced a number of charges, including fourth-degree felony theft, fifth-degree felony theft, three counts of first-degree misdemeanor misuse of a credit card, and two counts of first-degree misdemeanor receiving stolen property. A number of those charges were dismissed in Miami County Municipal Court, with Wooldridge being found guilty of fourth-degree felony theft in November in Miami County Common Pleas Court.

According to court records, Wooldridge was accused of stealing a car along with a debit card and making numerous unauthorized purchases and withdrawals in September. The unauthorized ATM withdrawals totaled $335.75. Wooldridge was initially given permission to use the car before it was reported stolen and believed to have been taken out of state.

Wooldridge was reportedly caught in Whitley County, Ky., after being stopped in a drug roadblock conducted by Whitley County drug investigators in late September. According to reports, Wooldridge also reportedly sold a stolen laptop from Piqua to a pawn shop in Richmond, Ky.

The stolen vehicle was not recovered.

In other news:

• Kendrick D. Watkins, 40, formerly of Tuscaloosa, Ala., was sentenced to serve six months in prison for felony trafficking cocaine and felony possession of cocaine. Watkins had 35 days of jail credit.

Miami County Sheriff’s Office detectives executed a drug-related search warrant at the 600 block of West North Street, Piqua on Nov. 2. At this location, detectives seized cocaine, drug paraphernalia and approximately $3,000 in U.S. currency, according to Miami County Sheriff Dave Duchak.

• Kendall J. Peters, 25, of West Portsmouth, was sentenced to two years probation, suspended jail time, and a $100 fine for first-degree misdemeanor aggravated trespassing, first-degree misdemeanor failure to comply with a police officer, and second-degree misdemeanor resisting arrest.

Those charges were amended down from the original charges against Peters, including fourth-degree felony burglary, fourth-degree felony failure to comply with a police officer, second-degree misdemeanor resisting arrest, and fourth-degree misdemeanor criminal trespass.

According to Piqua police reports, Peters forced his way into a residence on North College Street in October. Peters also knew the occupant of the home. He then reportedly left in a vehicle and fled from a traffic stop.

• Thomas L. Pack, 19, of Piqua, was given a $50 and suspended jail time for fourth-degree misdemeanor menacing. This charge was amended down from first-degree misdemeanor aggravated menacing. Pack was accused of acting menacing with a gun on Camp Street.

In June, Pack was sentenced to two years of community control for third-degree felony robbery. In October 2015, Pack attempted to steal a Four Loko beer from Ulbrich’s Market and then tried to strike a clerk when the employee stopped him.

• Skylar R. Bowen, 19, of Piqua, was given a $100 fine and suspended jail time for first-degree misdemeanor assault. This is in connection with a report of an assault on Sioux Drive on Oct. 26.


By Sam Wildow


Reach Sam Wildow at swildow@aimmedianetwork.com or (937) 451-3336

Reach Sam Wildow at swildow@aimmedianetwork.com or (937) 451-3336