PIQUA — A Houston resident was picked up on a warrant this week after being indicted for a Piqua burglary.
Cody A. Mills, 23, of Houston, was indicted on third-degree felony burglary early March in Miami County Common Pleas Court in connection with a home burglary that took place on Jan. 15. Mills was formerly of Piqua, and a warrant for his arrest was issued on March 22 after his current residence was unknown.
The burglary that was reported on Jan. 15 took place on the 700 block of Elm Street. According to Piqua police reports, an officer “found damage consistent with someone attempting to pry the screen open to a window at the northwest corner of the residence, two open windows at the southwest corner of the residence, and the back door of the residence being left open with blankets propping the door open.” There also were shoe prints on a city of Piqua recycle bin, suggesting that it had been used to help someone climb through the window.
The items reported missing included a 55-inch flat-screen television and a 9mm pistol.
Mills was picked up on Tuesday after a report of a disturbance at a residence on the 800 block of Nicklin Avenue. Mills was a reportedly among of a group of people arguing over money. Piqua police also seized drug paraphernalia from that incident, including a hypodermic needle and a red glass pipe.
Mills is currently being held at the Miami County Jail on $10,000 cash or surety bond.
In other news:
• James D. Lawson, 42, of Piqua, was sentenced this week after being found guilty of third-degree misdemeanor unlawful restraint, receiving a fine of $50. Lawson was also facing a charge of first-degree misdemeanor assault, which was dismissed.
The charges were in connection with a reported incident of a male striking a female in the face and refusing to let her leave the vehicle they were in at the intersection of Linden Avenue and Hancock Street on Jan. 4.
• Joe L. Loza, 20, of Sidney, was sentenced this week on first-degree misdemeanor possession of drugs, receiving a fine of $250 and two years probation. Loza was originally charged by the Ohio State Patrol on Jan. 5 with fourth-degree felony trafficking in drugs, but that charge was amended down.
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