ELIZABETHTON — An investigation of a home burglary and the theft of jewelry and a laptop computer was completed when the computer and some of the jewelry was found inside a car during a routine traffic stop, police said.
Cody Lee Bowling, 26, 125 Laurel Hollow Road, was arrested on over the weekend on charges of aggravated burglary and theft over $1,000. He appeared in Sessions Court on Wednesday. He case has been continued to Aug. 16.
The investigation began Jan. 23, when Dean Franks reported to Deputy Ross Frizzell of the Carter County Sheriff’s Department that someone had forcibly entered his home and stolen a Xbox 360, a Hewlett-Packard Compaq laptop and numerous pieces of jewelry belonging to him, his wife and daughter.
When Lt. Tim Horne took on the investigation, he said Bowling became a suspect because he had recently been in the home to visit the daughter and knew the family was going to be out of town.
On May 3, Lt. Jeff Markland stopped a car driven by Bowling and subsequently arrested him on a violation of probation warrant. An inventory of Bowling’s car uncovered a clear plastic box containing numerous pieces of men’s and women’s jewelry and a laptop computer. Franks positively identified the items as the ones stolen from his residence. The Xbox was later found at the residence of a relative of Bowling.