Jason William Hudgins, 32, of Wellington, and Jesse Lee Ward, 23, of Alexandria, were in the Calhoun County Jail on Tuesday, according to Sheriff Larry Amerson.
Both face felony charges of third-degree burglary and misdemeanor charges of attempting to elude law enforcement officers, according to Amerson. Hudgins is also charged with possession of a controlled substance, according to Amerson.
Ward has also been charged with possession of burglary tools, a felony, and resisting arrest, Amerson said.
According to Amerson, the home, located on the 300 block of Joe Martin Road, was vacant when the burglary took place.
The sheriff said the owner had been driving past the home when he noticed Hudgins, Ward and a green Ford Explorer in his yard. Both the gate and door, which the owner kept locked, were open, the sheriff said.
Amerson said the owner kept driving and called deputies after he passed the home. According to Amerson, the Explorer, which belonged to the men, had gotten stuck in the mud.
Amerson said the first officer to arrive at the home was an investigator in an unmarked vehicle. When the investigator identified himself to the men, Ward threw the drink he was holding in the investigator’s face and both men ran, the sheriff said.
After a quick capture of Hudgins, deputies spent 45 minutes pursuing Ward then arrested him when he returned to his truck, the sheriff said. Deputies found jewelry and a plastic bag and a pill bottle containing clonazepam and methadone on Hudgins, Amerson said. Amerson said deputies found a screwdriver on Ward, which they considered a burglar’s tool. They also recovered metal items, including a water heater, from the Explorer.
Amerson said Tuesday that he did not know whether the jewelry belonged to the owner of the mobile home.
Hudgins and Ward were in the Calhoun County Jail Tuesday afternoon. According to arrest warrants, bond for Hudgins was set at $16,000 with bond for some charges pending. Ward’s bond was set at $22,500.
Both men are to appear in court on Feb. 13.