ERWIN — An Erwin man and woman are facing burglary and theft charges following their Saturday arrests by the Unicoi County Sheriff’s Department for allegedly burglarizing the same residence twice in a three-week period.
Richard Cody Powers, 24, 713 Broyles St., and Lisa Parker, 46, 513 Lattie Miller Road, were each charged with two counts of burglary and theft over $1,000.
According to UCSD affidavits, on Dec. 19 Powers and Parker broke into a home and outbuilding located on Stockton Road in the Flag Pond area. Items taken from the home included a leather saddle, welders, saws, firearms and other tools, according to the UCSD.
Investigators learned that on Dec. 23, the stolen saddle had been sold to a business in Unicoi County, according to the affidavits.
On Jan. 7, the Stockton Road residence was again broken into, according to a UCSD report. Some tools from the outbuilding were found lying around the residence, and an air compressor had been taken, according to the report.
Two days later, Parker sold a weed eater and air compressor allegedly taken in the burglaries to a local resident and, on Friday, sold the same resident allegedly stolen drill bits, according to the UCSD. The affidavits state the resident went to Parker’s residence to purchase the drill bits and saw items at her home consistent with those taken in the burglaries.
According to the affidavits, on Friday Powers was developed as a suspect in the burglaries. UCSD Administrative Assistant Robie Sullins said a person present at the time the saddle was sold was able to identify Powers as the seller after pointing him out in high school yearbook pictures.
Following his arrest, Powers confessed to his involvement and gave a written statement naming Parker as an accomplice, according to the UCSD. A search warrant was obtained for Parker’s home, and investigators located items taken in the burglaries, including a lock box containing the victim’s property deeds and other papers, according to police reports.
Sullins said around 90 percent of the stolen property has been recovered and Parker confessed to her involvement in the burglaries following her arrest.
Both Parker and Powers remain in the Unicoi County Jail under a $50,000 bail. They are scheduled to appear in Unicoi County Sessions Court on Jan. 26.
The UCSD is also asking anyone that may have purchased property from Powers or Parker to contact its Criminal Investigations Division at 743-1861.
“Some of these folks with good intentions that were just buying property might have unknowingly bought stolen property,” Sullins said.