Wanted Piqua man found in Kentucky

Faces numerous charges, including theft

By Sam Wildow - [email protected]




PIQUA —A man wanted in Piqua for allegedly stealing a car was recently found in Kentucky.

Cody A. Wooldridge, 25, of Piqua was taken to the Miami County Jail over the weekend on a number of charges, including fourth-degree felony theft, fifth-degree felony theft, three counts of first-degree misdemeanor misuse of a credit card, and two counts of first-degree misdemeanor receiving stolen property.

According to court records, Wooldridge is accused of stealing a car along with a debit card and making numerous unauthorized purchases and withdrawals in September. The unauthorized ATM withdrawals totaled $335.75. Wooldridge was initially given permission to use the car before it was reported stolen and believed to have been taken out of state.

Wooldridge was reportedly caught in Whitley County, Ky., after being stopped in a drug roadblock conducted by Whitley County drug investigators in late September. Wooldridge was charged there for driving under suspension with no insurance and with no license plates. According to reports, Wooldridge also reportedly sold a stolen laptop from Piqua to a pawn shop in Richmond, Ky.

The stolen vehicle was not recovered. Wooldridge was not driving it when he was stopped by police.

Wooldridge is currently being held in the Miami County Jail.

In other news:

• A Piqua man was reportedly caught and admitted to breaking into garages and sheds to support his drug habit.

David M. Coppock, Jr., 32, was charged with fifth-degree felony breaking and entering along with fifth-degree felony possessing criminal tools over the weekend. Coppock also had a warrant for first-degree misdemeanor theft out of Troy.

Coppock was reportedly caught attempting to break into a shed on Manier Avenue on Saturday morning. According to Piqua police reports, he was located trying to hide in a back yard.

Coppock is also accused of stealing a tiller from a shed on Lincoln Street in late September. The tiller was valued at approximately $200. When questioned, Coppock said that he did not remember stealing the electric tiller, but advised that it was probably he who had committed the crime “as he had broken into many garages and sheds in this area,” according to court reports. Coppock also reportedly admitted to being addicted to heroin.

Coppock was arraigned Tuesday on those charges. A preliminary hearing for Coppock was scheduled for Oct. 19.

• Jesse W. Spurlock, 42, of Tipp City, was charged with fourth-degree felony menacing by stalking and two counts of fourth-degree misdemeanor criminal trespass over the weekend. Spurlock was found trespassing on South Sunset Drive in Piqua on Saturday night.

In July, Spurlock was recently sentenced to probation for entering a home on South Sunset Drive without permission and reportedly attacking the occupant. Spurlock grabbed the victim by the neck and choked the victim, according to previous Piqua police reports.

In connection with this most recent incident, Spurlock was arraigned Tuesday morning and released from jail on his own recognizance. A preliminary hearing for Spurlock was scheduled for Oct. 19.



Faces numerous charges, including theft

By Sam Wildow

[email protected]

Reach Sam Wildow at (937) 451-3336

Reach Sam Wildow at (937) 451-3336


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