Theft, drugs lead to arrests


Minden Police arrested two women on theft and drug charges when they discovered prescription pills and stolen items from a local store.

Kimberly Louise Powell, 39, of the 600 block of Doc Steed Road, was arrested on charges of distribution of schedule III controlled dangerous substance (buprenorphin 8 mg), theft of goods and distribution of schedule IV CDS (clonazepam 2 mg). She was also arrested on three warrants for failure to appear and as a fugitive from the Webster Parish Sheriff’s Office.

Tommie Roton, 46, was arrested and charged with possession of schedule III CDS, two counts of possession of schedule IV CDS and theft of goods.

Police were advised Powell and Roton were seen putting items into a gray Dodge truck parked in the handicapped space several times at Walmart. When officers arrived on scene, the two exited the store with a shopping cart and when back into the store when they noticed police standing at the vehicle.

Contact was made with the two, and at first, denied the truck belonged to them. When asked if they arrived at the store in the Dodge truck, reports say they responded, “yes.”

During a preliminary interview, Officer Wayne Young noticed a gray purse reportedly “bulging” with items in the shopping cart. Consent was given to search the purse and officers discovered several stolen items identified as household goods.

Roton and Powell were escorted to the front of the store and Roton was advised of her rights. Reports say Roton told officers she was the only one “stealing items.”

The two women were escorted to the security office and inventory was taken of the items inside the purse and the shopping cart.
Police learned Powell had active warrants from Minden Police and was wanted as a fugitive from WPSO. She and Roton were placed under arrest and advised of their rights.

Officers noted what appeared to be a knife and the keys to the Dodge truck in Roton’s pants pocket. In the other pocket, Roton had a large quantity of loose prescription pills of two different types, officers said.

Reports say Roton told police Powell “owed her some pills” and Powell had gotten the prescriptions filled while inside the store. Police also recovered a metal container with two pills inside.

Once evidence was collected, Roton and Powell were transported to police headquarters. Once there, officers began to log evidence from a prescription bag and located were additional items stolen and two prescription bottles.

Both women were arrested on the above charges and transported to Bayou Dorcheat Correctional Center.



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