A retired Charlotte County Sheriff’s deputy awaits extradition from Lee County to Georgia on felony warrants accusing him of stealing several pieces of antique furniture from a 91-year-old man.
The victim’s cousin whose address in Lee County was not available was also arrested in connection with the case.
Bond was denied for Alexander A. Cook, 58, of North Fort Myers. He was being held on three Bibb County, Georgia, warrants accusing him of eight counts of theft by receiving stolen property burglary and one each of burglary and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime.
Monroe County, Georgia deputies arrested John Alan Cory, 57, of Lee County, the victim’s cousin, on June 23 as he and Cook towed a 1914 Model T Ford and other property. A camera was also found. Cook was driving at the time, but was released after questioning. He was identified by his Charlotte County badge and had a firearm with him, according to a Lee County Sheriff’s Office report.
Cory was arrested and charged with grand theft and burglary.
According to Lee County’s reports:
The victim, Joseph Hall, told Bibb County deputies he was sick between May 1 and June 23 and Cory had visited several times, which was unusual. Judy Kornegay, Hall’s daughter, filed a report with Bibb County stating her father’s house in Macon, Georgia, was burglarized and the items stolen included antique furniture. The type of furniture and value of the items were not immediately available.
The camera found in Cook’s vehicle had pictures of several pieces of antique furniture which Hall identified. But, he said, he didn’t recognize the rooms the items were in.
Meantime, Lee deputies received a call asking them to meet with Cook because they believed he may have the furniture.
Lee deputies went to Cook’s house and he let them look around the buildings outside. The house was closed and the deputies “at that time felt it better not to press the issue and leave with a good (rapport) having been established with Cook but with the understanding they might return.”
On July 1, deputies returned to Cook’s house and asked to look further. This time they went inside the house and noticed the interior of his house was identical to the place where the photos had been taken.
“There is no possibility that there are two locations with the exact same interior design and fixtures as that of the interior of Alexander Cook’s home due to the fact Cook advised he built the interior from scratch by himself,” Lee deputies wrote.
Deputies contacted Cook again and he agreed to meet deputies Tuesday afternoon. He was arrested as he returned home and declined to speak with investigators.