CROWN POINT, Ind. (STMW) – A Griffith, Ind., man has been charged in Lake Superior Court with two counts of burglary, auto theft and theft after authorities said he stole a family member’s car containing her medical assistance scooter and pawned it downstate.

Kodie Neo Comer, 20, was arrested Dec. 26 after he returned to the home on North Indiana Street and moved the woman’s TV to her garage, where the woman confronted him and he fled. Police found him at the Kmart in town.

Comer was released from jail Dec. 21 and the following day showed up at the woman’s home.

She discovered her car containing her scooter and a GPS unit were missing at about 9:24 a.m. The woman also reported $80 was taken from her purse.

Comer admitted to police he and a friend who had been staying in homeless shelters had driven from town to town, smoking marijuana and drinking. They were in northern Illinois, Chicago, Ohio and Columbia City, Ind., where Comer admitted he pawned the scooter and GPS unit for a total of $70.

The charges are punishable by a maximum 20-year sentence.

Comer was convicted of auto theft on Dec. 21, making the new auto theft charge a class C felony punishable by a maximum eight-year sentence because of the prior conviction.

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