29-year-old Cody Allen Kidd, who is listed as a homeless man with no city of residence specified, was arrested by Morganton Public Safety Officers. He's charged by Public Safety with felony larceny of a motor vehicle. The North Carolina State Highway Patrol charged Kidd with felony possession of a stolen motor vehicle, driving while impaired, and no operators license.
According to a news release issued Thursday (February 16), Morganton Public Safety Officers responded to a report of a motor vehicle theft in progress at Wall Lumber Company. An employee of Wall Lumber, Kenneth Hunt, saw the business work truck driving towards the gate. Hunt realized that the vehicle was being stolen and got in another work truck and called 911, while following the truck. Hunt spoke with the Burke County Emergency Communications Center and relayed their current location/direction of travel.
Hunt reported to dispatchers that the truck was turning onto Interstate 40, East bound. Hunt stated that stopped traffic on Interstate 40 caused the thief to exit the interstate at exit 106. Public Safety Officers, Burke County Deputies and Highway Patrol Troopers attempted to intercept the stolen vehicle. According to Hunt, Burke County Deputies and NCSHP Troopers spotted the suspect and tried to block the roadway at Bethel/Drexel Road.
Hunt said the suspect drove around the patrol cars and headed back towards I-40, but turned into the convenience store at Bethel Road. When the thief realized he was blocked in, he surrendered and was arrested. Kidd's bond was set at $26,000. He was not listed as an inmate in Burke County as of earlier today (Friday, February 17). He was scheduled to appear in court Thursday.