York man formally charged in case involving thefts from cars, drug possession, evidence tampering

YORK – Cody Brouillette, 30, of York, has been formally charged in York County Court with five felonies and one misdemeanor related to thefts of items from cars, drug possession, evidence tampering and false reporting.

His first court appearance was scheduled for Wednesday, Feb. 28.

According to the affidavit filed with the court, Brouillette was arrested after an investigation conducted by the York Police Department.

On Feb. 23, the YPD took multiple reports of vehicles being broken into and items being stolen on the York University campus. Items reported as stolen included cash, Apple AirPods, gift cards, prescription eyewear, sunglasses, vehicle and residential keys and a variety of other items.

The owner of one of the vehicles that had been broken into was able to use GPS tracking from their cell phone to track the stolen Apple AirPods. Using this information, officers went to 550 West Seventh Street, which was in the geographic area where the stolen items were tracking. There, they had contact with Brouillette, who they knew from multiple other contacts and cases.

The affidavit says Brouillette “denied any involvement with or knowledge of the thefts. Located on his person, during a consent search, was a pair of women’s prescription eyeglasses which he said belonged to him.”

The officers showed pictures of the glasses to one of the victims of the break-ins and she positively identified the eyewear as being hers.”

When asked for consent to search his residence, Brouillette denied, “saying he wanted to be arrested. He was detained.” A search warrant was obtained and served on Feb. 24.

During the search, according to court documents, “a large amount of the reported stolen items was located in the bedroom. The total value of these items was approximated to exceed $1,500 and be less than $5,000 in value. Also located in the bedroom was a variety of drug paraphernalia and methamphetamine. Several of the victims were able to identify items removed from the residence as items that had been stolen from their vehicles. Among the items were 11 different financial transaction cards.”

Brouillette was arrested and “while in transit to the jail, the officer head something fall inside the secured transport cage of his patrol vehicle where Brouillette was located. He then heard the sound of glass breaking. At the jail, it was discovered he had dropped a green glass pipe containing methamphetamine. He then crushed the pipe on the floor.”

Brouillette has been charged with the following:

  • Possession of a controlled substance, a Class 4 felony
  • Possession of a controlled substance, a Class 4 felony
  • Tampering with evidence, a Class 4 felony
  • Criminal possession of financial transaction devices, a Class 4 felony
  • Theft, possession of stolen property, with a value of $1,500-$4,999, a Class 4 felony
  • False reporting, a Class 1 misdemeanor
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