Police: Burglar caught stealing electronics while residents were in bed

Cody A. Williams, 26 (Adair County Sheriff's Office)

Authorities say they caught a burglar red-handed stealing electronics from a Kirksville home while the residents were upstairs.

Cody A. Williams, 26, of Kirksville, was arrested Monday night and charged with first-degree burglary, resisting arrest, property damage and stealing. Williams had an active warrant out for absconding parole.

According to the probable cause statement, police surrounded a residence on Fourth Street when the occupants, all in their bedrooms upstairs, reported hearing someone moving around a floor below.

Through the first-floor window, the officer said he saw a burglar holding a flashlight and removing cables from a television. When officers made the arrest, Williams reportedly told them he lived at the home, and gave a different name.

Inside, authorities found a game console that had been moved to the center of the room, and a tablet and TV onto a sofa. Investigators believe Williams entered through a window above the kitchen sink, which had been broken in. Officers also found shards of glass in Williams’ pocket, along with an ID and money belonging to one of the residents.

Later, Williams admitted his real name, then took off running down a street. After he was caught, he told police he “had to try.”

It wasn't Williams' first try running from police, or being found with electronics that weren't his. In 2012, the Adair County Sheriff's Office used an iPhone app to track down Williams in connection with stolen electronics. A year later, he made his first appearance as a Fugitive of the Week for absconding parole, and in 2015, was once again on the run.

Williams’ bond was set at $50,000.

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