Second arrest clears burglary case
Faith Huffman | News-Telegram News Editor

January 2, 2004 -- Hopkins County Sheriff's Officers cleared up a residential burglary early Sunday morning after arresting a second man implicated in the weapons and electronics thefts.

The first suspect, 22-year-old Michael Cole Melton, was arrested on Dec. 23, at his Cranford Street residence on the second-degree felony warrant for burglary of a residence. Cody Lynn Wells, 22, of Sulphur Springs was located at 5:30 a.m. Sunday at his Houston Street address and arrested on the felony warrant.

Investigators Andy Chester and John Williams, followed up on tips they and Sheriff Butch Adams had received on the location of the items reported stolen from a County Road 4710 residence on Saturday, Dec. 6. Several of the items, including a $150 handgun, a $200 pistol, a $150 gun, a Playstation and a $150 television were recovered on Monday, Dec. 15, by officers.

Acting on information received about the items, officers spoke with Melton who confessed on tape to involvement in the Dec. 6 County Road 4710 break in, during which a bottle of cheap rum, a fully cooked turkey, a $150 handgun, a $200 pistol, a $150 gun, $200 worth CDs, a Playstation complete with controllers and six games, and a $150 TV were stolen, according to the homeowner.

Melton was picked up on Dec. 23, and later released after posting bond on the charge. Deputies had a more difficult time locating Wells until tips received by Cpl. Todd Evans lead officers to Wells' home just after 5 a.m. Sunday. Wells was found hiding inside the residence, and initially did not respond to officers' attempts to get him to come to the door. Wells was arrested on the warrant at 5:30 a.m. and booked into the county jail, where he remained in lieu of $25,000 bond.

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