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Charges against Hodges dismissed
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Charges have been dismissed against a suspected gun thief who was the target of a manhunt last weekend.

Jeffery Michael Hodges, 47, had his charges dismissed on Friday, but an investigation is continuing into his possible criminal conduct, according to District Attorney General Lisa Zavogiannis.

“The arrest warrants have been withdrawn at this time at the request of investigators,” said Zavogiannis. “That doesn’t mean we aren’t still investigating. It doesn’t mean other charges won’t be coming in the future. It means we’re not ready to go forward with charges against him at this time.”

Hodges was the subject of a manhunt last weekend when the Warren County Sheriff’s Department announced last Friday he was wanted in relation to car burglaries in Warren County and surrounding counties.

Hodges was arrested early Tuesday morning at a home on Bluff Springs Road. He was charged with burglary, theft, and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

The arrest warrant, which has now been withdrawn, states Hodges went to a vehicle on Viola Road and took a .380 pistol valued at $340 from a SUV.

“During the investigation, it was determined Jeff Hodges was at the residence and left running from the property in possession of the firearm after being confronted,” the arrest warrant states. “Investigators were able to determine Hodges was responsible by cellphone information and by witnesses.”

Zavogiannis didn’t elaborate on what might have happened since Tuesday to change law enforcement’s case against Hodges.