Methamphetamine and Lots of Stolen Stuff Lands Couple In Hot Water, ONALASKA, May 3, 2021 - On Wednesday, April 21, 2021, at approximately 5:20 PM, The Polk County Sheriff’s Office received a call in reference to a theft and an altercation with a firearm, at a residence off of Eighth Street, in Onalaska, Polk County, Texas.
Narcotics Detectives and Texas Department of Public Safety Troopers located the suspects in this case at a residence/travel trailer, off of Garden Villas Drive. Detectives made contact with a 13 year old and 9 year old child at the travel trailer, who advised Detectives that their parents had left them at home alone while they traveled out of town. While on-scene, Detectives noticed several items around the travel trailer that were believed to be stolen.
During the investigation, Narcotics Detectives developed probable cause which subsequently led to the issuance of a search warrant for the property and travel trailer. The children’s mother and father, identified as Cody Keith Norton, 27, of Tyler and Cynthia Elaine Hodges, 34, of Tyler, were found hiding under a bed inside the travel trailer. The travel trailer was determined to be stolen from a dealership out of College Station.
Cynthia Elaine Hodges, 34, of Tyler
A search of the property and residence revealed a small amount of marijuana, a large amount of methamphetamine, two Sea-Doo watercrafts and keys to another watercraft stolen out of San Jacinto County. A stolen Ruger .45 caliber pistol was also found stolen out of Kaufman County, Texas. The recovered property was returned to the owners.
Cody Norton, a convicted felon, was found to have a forged Texas driver’s license card and two shotguns. Cynthia Hodges and Cody Norton were both charged with Theft of Property, Child Endangerment, Possession of Methamphetamine, and Possession of a stolen firearm. Cody Norton received additional charges for Unlawful Possession of a Firearm by Felon and Forgery of a Government Instrument.
This investigation is ongoing due to the amount of possible stolen property that has been recovered ranging from tools to electronics. Detectives are diligently attempting to identify the owners of this property. A photograph of the Honda ATV located on the property has been provided and is also believed to be stolen.
The Polk County Sheriff’s Office is asking the public to mark your personal property with unique identifying marks or ownership markings. By marking your valuables, you’ll make it easier for law enforcement to locate and return your property in the event of a burglary or theft. Notifying law enforcement of any unique identifying marks (such as scratches, dents, stains, etc.) will also help in recovering stolen property.
This travel trailer has allegedly been stolen from a dealership in College Station.
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