LAMPASAS — Trash or treasure?
Lampasas County District Clerk Cody Reed was arrested Friday on a charge of theft by a public servant.
“It’s a case about a stolen refrigerator. It wasn’t even stolen. It was trash, and it was thrown away by Cody,” said Reed’s attorney James Stapler.
According to the affidavit, the refrigerator belonged to Kristin Evans, who said she had loaned the refrigerator to the district clerk’s office previously. Her mother, Terri Cox, was the previous district clerk.
Reed said when he took office May 2, 2016, he was informed by staff that the refrigerator was no longer in the office. About a week later, the refrigerator re-appeared in the office.
On Aug. 24, the refrigerator was reported stolen according to the affidavit, which does not specify who reported it.
Texas Ranger Jason Bobo said in the affidavit that he obtained county surveillance video from Aug. 19 that showed Reed backing his tan Toyota truck to the rear doors of the annex building before wheeling the refrigerator out of the building on a dolly and securing it in the bed of his truck.
According to the affidavit, the refrigerator had been moved into the hallway one month prior to Reed removing it. Evans was notified that the refrigerator was no longer needed by the office and was asked to retrieve it. At the time, a note indicating the refrigerator belonged to her was taped on the refrigerator.
Evans said once she was told the refrigerator was no longer needed, she gave it to her co-worker Mandee Perkins, according to the affidavit.
Perkins said she was unable to locate the appliance when she looked for it.
No dates were provided for when Evans said she gave the item to Perkins, nor when Perkins said she could not find it.
Reed talked to the six reporters attending the news conference called by his attorney Monday.
“This is an attempt to discredit me and discredit the office,” said Reed, who said he threw the refrigerator in a trash bin near his home.
The Ranger’s report said he could not find the refrigerator and it likely had gone to a landfill.
Reed said, “I’m not a criminal. I did nothing wrong.”
Sgt. David Roberts, spokesman for DPS, said the allegation is a class B misdemeanor and Reed had been released on his own recognizance.
Reed is running for reelection against Edith Harrison and Trina Hudson.