A young Jackson man who likely faces prosecution for a recent spree of thefts from vehicles in Jackson now faces additional charges after allegedly being involved in a more recent crime or crimes in Jackson.
Jackson Police report that Cody Cantrell, 25, of 50 Center St., Rear, Jackson, has been charged with driving under suspension and no turn signal as the result of a traffic stop initiated by police at 11:27 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 18. Furthermore, as a result of the traffic stop, Cantrell is considered a suspect in a recent theft of a purse from a parked vehicle in Jackson. This comes less than two months after Cantrell was one of four persons implicated and initially incarcerated in a spree of thefts from parked vehicles.
As for the Sept. 18 incident, police officers were on patrol when they detected a vehicle turning left from Morton Street onto Logan Street without using a turn signal. A traffic stop was made at the intersection of Owen and Mill streets. An obviously upset Cantrell was identified as the driver and he was accompanied by a female passenger. It was immediately determined he was driving with a suspended driver's license.
Due to the citation, his vehicle was seized for impoundment and officers found four women's purses inside the vehicle. One of the purses contained a wallet with a credit card owned by Staci Mercer. When asked about the purses, Cantrell stated the female passenger had brought them with her when she got into the vehicle. However, the female claimed that Cantrell had given them to her. Both denied any knowledge about the purses possibly being stolen.
Cantrell was charged with the two driving citations and both he and the female, who was not immediately charged with any crime, are considered suspects in the theft of one or more of the purses. However, Jackson County Prosecuting Attorney Justin Lovett authorized police to file a weapons under disability charge against Cantrell based on a previous criminal case, which resulted in him being incarcerated.
Also, police charged Cantrell's mother, Lori A. Alexander, 49, also of 50 Center St., Rear, with wrongful entrustment for allowing Cantrell to drive her vehicle even though he has a suspended driver's license. Police noted she had been warned about this several times.
Back in early August, Cantrell was one of four suspects implicated by Jackson Police in an investigation following a spree of burglaries from parked vehicles not only in the city, but in other areas of Jackson County, and also in Vinton, Scioto, and Pike counties. Numerous stolen items were recovered.
At that time, Cantrell as well as two other male suspects were incarcerated on alleged probation violations with new charges expected to be filed later. However, Cantrell was recently released from custody while those new charges were still pending.