Rye Burglary leads to Police Search

A California man was charged with second-degree burglary this morning after a caretaker found the stranger inside a Greenacres Drive home just before 11 a.m.




 It was unclear if he removed any items from the home before fleeing down the stairs and out a back door.

Rye Police Lt. Joseph Verille said the woman went inside to get a sweater for the homeowner, who was leaving for an appointment. The stranger apparently told her he was looking for work, then fled down the stairs and into his car, which was described by nearby landscapers as light-colored sedan, possibly with California license plates and a missing bumper.

Police set up a perimeter, and a Port Chester lieutenant spotted the car on Grace Church Street as it was leaving Rye about an hour later.

The man was identified as Michael Anthony Cokley, 52, from Tarzana, Calif. Verille said Cokley was also wanted on warrants out of California.

Verille said Cokley had checked out of Mamaroneck hotel this morning, and his car was full of personal items. Verille said police were applying for a search warrant before sorting through the items to determine whether any of it was stolen property.

Cokley was being held without bail.

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