136 stolen packs of cards lead po­lice to drugs

The Covington News - - LOCAL - SAMANTHA REAR­DON news@cov­news.com

A 21-year-old man fled Wal­mart, leav­ing 136 stolen packs of gam­ing cards in a cart be­hind him. Wal­mart of­fi­cials alerted the Cov­ing­ton Po­lice Depart­ment.

Three other men in the party iden­ti­fied the man as Chad Robertson. But af­ter find­ing the man — who had fled on foot to the wooded area be­hind Lit­tle Phillies on In­dus­trial Boule­vard — po­lice later iden­ti­fied him as hav­ing a dif­fer­ent name than the group re­ported: Ni­cholas Hart­ley.

Hart­ley ad­mit­ted to the theft, which amounted to $937.28, and was taken back to Wal­mart with the other three males.

Two of the men in the group wore clothes with mar­i­juana ref­er­ences. Of­fi­cers asked Chris­tian Blake Cates, 22, for con­sent to search his ve­hi­cle. Af­ter his re­fusal, of­fi­cers ran a K-9 around the ve­hi­cle. The dog alerted to the pres­ence of nar­cotics and of­fi­cers be­gan a search.

Po­lice found the fol­low­ing in­side: two zip lock bags of yel­low pills be­lieved to be Xanax, one pill bot­tle con­tain­ing ap­prox­i­mately 90 Bus­pirone HCL tablets, one jar con­tain­ing a sub­stance be­lieved to be mar­i­juana, an “un­known white sub­stance” and a ROHM .38 Spe­cial Re­volver.

Hart­ley was ar­rested for shoplift­ing, pos­ses­sion of a con­trolled sub­stance with in­tent to dis­trib­ute, traf­fick­ing nar­cotics and pos­ses­sion of a firearm.

The three other men – Cates, Steven Chalmers, 18, and Joesi Simp­son, 24 – were ar­rested with the same charges Hart­ley, but in­clud­ing ob­struc­tion.

Deputies also searched and found sev­eral li­censes and so­cial se­cu­rity cards be­long­ing to other in­di­vid­u­als on Simp­son’s per­son.

No charges for gun in pub­lic drunk­en­ness call

An of­fi­cer ar­rested James Zellers, 29, of Jones­boro on a pub­lic drunk­en­ness charge at The De­pot Sun­day night.

When an­other of­fi­cer came to trans­port Zellers to jail, he in­formed the of­fi­cer he had a gun in his waist­band. The gun was a small fold­ing re­volver that was missed in the first frisk.

No charges are be­ing held against Zellers for the firearm, which po­lice placed in safe keep­ing.

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