Niles man jailed for Amtrak parking lot break-ins

Published 9:19 am Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Breaking into vehicles parked at the Niles Amtrak Depot and a nearby business resulted in a one-way ticket to prison for a Niles man.

Twenty-two-year-old Cody Nelson Price was sentenced Monday in Berrien County Trial Court in Niles to a minimum of 20 months in the Michigan Department of Corrections on one count of felony breaking and entering causing damage to a vehicle.

Cody Nelson Price

Cody Nelson Price

According to court documents, Price and a co-defendant broke the windows of multiple vehicles at the train depot in an attempt to steal items inside during the early morning hours of Nov. 11.

They also did the same thing to vehicles at a nearby auto repair center, according to court documents.

Niles police responding to the Amtrak Depot saw Price and the co-defendant fleeing the scene. Both were caught a short time later.

Price’s lawyer, Albert Mais, said his client was on parole at the time of the offense.

Price apologized to his victims and said he is ashamed that he slipped back into a life of crime.

Judge Dennis Wiley told Price that he is the only one who can choose to straighten out his life.

“All we can do at this point is basically incapacitate you,” Wiley said.

Price was also ordered to pay more than $2,700 in fines and court costs.

Also Monday, Aaron James Davis, 26, of Niles, was sentenced to 180 days in jail and two years on probation on one count of attempted assault with a dangerous weapon. Wiley said an intoxicated Davis waved a knife at a friend who was trying to help stop Davis from getting into trouble last month.