February 06, 2011

Cody Wilkins Got A Charge Out Of Burglary - Jailed After Leaving Cell Phone Charging At Victim’s Home

Silver Spring, Maryland (The Weekly Vice) - Cody Wilkins, a 25-year-old Maryland man was jailed Friday for a string of burglaries after he allegedly left his cell phone charging at the home of one of his victims.

According to police, Wilkins was burglarizing a home when the home owner's son came home and startled him. Wilkins jumped out of a window and fled the scene, but left a cell phone behind that he had plugged into an outlet to charge.

Investigators say a power outage had effected several homes in the area including Wilkins' home. They believe he took advantage of the burglary to also charge his phone, which led to his downfall when police searched the victims house and found a phone that didn't belong to the homeowner.

Police called a number on the phone that turned out to be Wilkins' girlfriend. With information from the phone and the call to his girlfriend, police managed to learn Wilkins' address where they arrested him Friday night.

Through witness statements and jewelry found at Wilkins' home, police were able to link him to several other burglaries that had taken place in the area recently. He allegedly made off with over $26,000 in jewelry, $3,000 worth of U.S. Savings bonds and almost $3,000 in cash.

Wilkins has now been charged with 9 other burglaries in the area. He was booked into the Montgomery County Jail on a $1 million dollar bond.

Danny Vice
The Weekly Vice

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