An accused burglar who betrayed the trust of a Good Samaritan while out on drug court was apprehended by the Neshoba County Sheriff’s Department.

Cody Mack Wilkerson, 28, of 10871 Road 573, was arrested and charged with burglary of a dwelling off of County Road 133401 in the Arlington Community. He also faces multiple charges including petit larceny, trespassing and a hold from drug court.

Sheriff Tommy Waddell said that the burglary was reported on May 15 by the homeowner. He said that it was likely the day after the burglary occurred when the homeowner noticed that some tools had been taken from his back porch and his shed had been broken into. In addition to items taken from the back porch, items were also taken from the shed.

Wilkerson was working on a construction crew working on power lines and right-of-way nearby.

“The homeowner had told some members of the crew that he had cold drinks on his back porch that they were welcome to,” Waddell said. “He was just trying to be helpful and was taken advantage of.”

Waddell said this was likely when Wilkerson saw the tools on the back porch. He said that Wilkerson had returned to the property the following night after he talked to the homeowner.

Wilkerson remains in the Neshoba County Jail on a hold from drug court related to a theft from a utility trailer he committed last year in the Dixon Community.

His bond for the new burglary charge was set at $15,000.

Waddell said that this case remains under investigation and they expect more arrests to follow. 

He added that most of the items reported stolen have been recovered.