Sheriff: Couple faces charges after breaking into same home two days in a row

JOHNSON COUNTY, Ind. - Two people were arrested this week after investigators said they broke into a man's Johnson County home not once, but twice in two days, to steal items.

Investigators said Richard Lee Moore, 48, of Idaho Falls, Idaho, and Latease Coddington, 36, of Black Canyon City, Ariz., are facing a couple charges each for two separate break-ins.

The Johnson County Sheriff's Office said on Wednesday, a burglary was reported in the 4000 block of W. State Road 135 in Trafalgar, Ind.

Deputies said the victim reported someone had broken into his parts of his home, stealing several tools and power tools from his barn and garage. It appeared nothing was missing from the house itself.

Then, the sheriff's office said the same man reported a burglary the very next day, Thursday. The man said he had tried to get into his garage door, which was ajar. When he forced it open, he said a white SUV was sitting in his garage and a man got out. The victim said when asked what he was doing, the man - later identified as Moore - said he was "fixing his brakes."

The victim told investigators that he told Moore he needed to leave immediately, and the victim began dialing 911 when Moore got back in his SUV, ramming the victim's car and a small tree near the driveway. The SUV got stuck there, and the victim said he saw Moore and a woman (who was sitting in the SUV) get out and run away north on State Road 135.

Trafalgar police, along with the sheriff's office, were able to catch the two suspected burglars a short distance from the home. Deputies said the burglary victim positively identified them.

Investigators said they found several items inside the SUV that were stolen from the victim's home during both the Wednesday and Thursday burglaries. They also reportedly found a syringe filled with meth in the SUV.

Moore faces two felonies: burglary and possession of methamphetamine; Coddington faces the same charges.

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