As of Tuesday, August 30, 2016
Three years after a Clearwater-area residence was burglarized and firearms were stolen, two Grangeville brothers have been arrested in connection with the crime.
David A. Davis, 24, and Kody A. Davis, 22, are both charged with burglary and grand theft, felonies; David is set for a Sept. 12 arraignment, and Kody is set for a Sept. 13 preliminary hearing.
According to court records and the Idaho County Sheriff’s Office (ICSO), charges resulted from incidents on May 15 and 26, 2013, in which the pair is alleged to have entered the Pleasant Valley Road home of Dick and Geneva Hite and taken three pistols, a rifle and shotgun, along with jewelry and coins. The break-in was discovered that June 1 when the Hites went to show a visiting family member a Heritage .22-caliber pistol and found it missing.
“So they started looking around the house,” said ICSO Detective Brian Hewson, and subsequently discovered several firearms, along with miscellaneous personal property, were missing. At the time, no evidence was found of an entry point made into the home, and the Hites were the only ones to have keys to the residence.
A break in the case came two years later, July 16, 2015, when a subject was arrested by ICSO near Riggins on a probation violation. The subject was in possession of a revolver that, as a result of a records search, came up as the Hites’ stolen Heritage 22. Tracking that ownership backwards through two individuals, Hewson said, found it allegedly came from Kody Davis.
According to Hewson, at the time of the burglary, the Davis’ lived a quarter-mile from the Hites and occasionally did chores for the couple. The pair knew the couple was not home that May, he said, and in an interview they reportedly admitted to being involved in the burglary with Kody allegedly stating he entered through a residence window to open a door for David to enter. The firearms were allegedly divided between the two, with two pistols taken to B&B Bargain in Grangeville and a third - a 44-magnum — sold to an Elk City man.
Of the firearms stolen, only the .22 and .44 have been recovered, Hewson said.
The case was an example of how a “bread crumb” of information, Hewson said – “all it took was a name,” he said – can provide law enforcement the needed break in an ongoing investigation that can result in arrests and possibly recovery of victims’ stolen items.
Involved throughout the investigation were ICSO deputies Tom Remington, Jonny Wilson and Mike Chlebowski, and former Idaho State Police Trooper Matt Clark.