A Henrietta man faces two charges of burglary of a habitation after he was caught by a homeowner inside a residence in the 400 block of South Pecan Street late Wednesday night.
According to court records, Ladonna Mitchell and grandson Weston Jakob Ready, 26, arrived home on Feb. 22 to find his neighbor, Kasey Eldon Rodgers, 34, inside the home. Ready chased Rodgers from the house and tackled him outside the residence while Mitchell called the Clay County Sheriff’s Office. The burglary was reported at about 11:55 a.m.
When deputies arrived, Ready had Rodgers pinned to the ground. As deputies searched Rodgers for weapons, they found in his pants pockets two remote controls. Two televisions, removed from the house, were found on the front porch, the report stated.
It was the second time Rodgers was found in the house, said Sheriff Kenny Lemons.
On Thursday, Sept. 15, at about 1 a.m., the sheriff’s office received a call from the same residence. Ready told deputies that he awoke at about 10:50 p.m. Sept. 14 to a ringing phone. He said that 5-10 minutes later, he heard a commotion and saw a light flicker down the hall. He went to investigate and found Rodgers, dressed in black, lying on the floor in his grandmother’s bedroom, searching through her safe.
Weston told deputies that he asked Rodgers how he got into the residence. Rodgers replied, “Through the garage door,” stated Weston.
Weston also said Rodgers tried to convince him that he was not trying to rob Weston’s grandmother, but had robbed the neighboring house to the south of Mitchell’s home. Weston then checked the black backpack Rodgers was carrying before letting him go home.
Bonds for Rodgers were set at $10,000 on each charge.