A Franklin man was arrested after police said he stole aluminum siding and copper wiring from a vacant house and fled from officers.
Cody Griner, 23, 1410 E. Jefferson St., was arrested on charges of burglary, theft with a prior conviction, resisting law enforcement with a vehicle, possession of a synthetic drug, criminal recklessness with a vehicle, criminal mischief and driving with a suspended driver’s license. His girlfriend, Cassandra Wilkins, 22, 798 N. Forsythe St., was arrested on charges of theft with a prior conviction and possession of a synthetic drug.
Police were called to a house in the 200 block of North Clay Street in Edinburgh because neighbors thought people were stripping aluminum siding off the home to sell as scrap metal, according to a police report. Officers noticed that siding had been removed from the house, and tools were near the water meter, the report said. Police contacted a son of the property owner, who thought no one was living in the home, the report said.